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QUARANTE-SEPTIEME ANNEE 
Deuxi6me Semestre 1927 



Samedi 26 Novembrt 1)27. 



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GENIE civil 

Revue Generate Hebdomadaire 

des Industries Frangaises et Etrangeres 



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INDUSTRIE - TRAVAUX PUBLICS - AGRICULTURE - ARCHITECTURE - HYGIENE 

ECONOMIE POLITIQUE - SCIENCES - ARTS 




LE PONT SUSPENDU RIGIDE DE FLORIANOPOLIS (BRESIL) 

La villedeFlorianopolis, capitate de I'Ktatde Santa-Catharina 
(Bresil meridional), est situee sur une tie de forme allongee, 
separee de la c6te par un detroit d'une Iargeur moyenne de 
1 000 metres et d'une 
profondeur trop faible 
pour 6tre accessible 
aux grands navires : 
ceux-ci dec h argent 
dans un port situe a 
l'extremite septen- 
trionale de l'tle, etles 
marchandises sont 
transporters par cha- 

lands a Florianopolis et sur le continent. Le port est en voie 
d'agrandissement et doit etre relie a Florianopolis (a 19 km) et 
a la grande ligne de Sad-Paulo-Montevideo par un chemin de 
fer electrique a voie de 1 metre, d'environ 180 km de longueur. 
Cette ligne franchit le detroit au voisinage de la ville, en un 
point oil sa Iargeur se reduit a 450 metres. 

Les premieres etudes ayant montre que, pour la portee 
imposee de 340 metres, le pont suspendu etait plus economique 
que le cantilever, un pont du type classique, a cables en fil d'acier 
et poutre de rigidity de hauteur consUnte, fut mis a l'etude ; 
p ,,! « it fut reconnu qu'une chatne de barres articulees en acier 
at a haute resistance, pouvait etre substitute au cable avec 
unTeconoraie due principalement a la facilite du montage. Lea 



Fig. 1. — Elevation du pont suipendu rigide de Florianopolis. 



auteurs du projet, MM. Robinson et Steinmann, songerent alors 
a profiter de la rigidite des chatnous de l'organe de suspension, 
pour constituer la raoitie mediane de la membrure sup^rieure de 
la poutre de rigidite : il en resulta un ouvrage d'un type tout 

nouveau, presentant, 
avec une forte eco- 
/ie nomie de metal, un 

Pente 25 m /in sensible accroisse- 

ment de raideur et 
un aspect esthetique 
satisfaisant. Leur pro- 
jet a ete execute par 
l'American Bridge C° 
et les travaux furent 
termines en 1926; nous allons decrire les dispositions essen- 
tielles de l'ouvrage et son montage, d'apres une etude tres 
detaillee publiee dans les Proceedings of the American Society of 
Civil Engineers, de mai, par MM. Steinman n. un des auteurs du 
projet, et Grove, inventeur du procede de traitement de l'acier 
formant la chatne. 

Caractbristiqubs de l'odvrage. — Le pont (fig. 1 et 2) com- 
porte une seule travee suspendue, de 340 metres de portee et 
30 m 85 de hauteur libre au-dessus des mers moyennes, et des 
viaducs d'acces a poutres droites de portees variables, d'une 
longueur totale de 221 metres sur le continent et 259 metres sur 
l'tle. Les poutres, eeartees de 10 m 22 d'axe en axe, portent une 



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Design of Bridges Against Wind 



Symposium by 

D. B. Steinman, M.ASCE 
Consulting Engineer, New York, N. Y. 



Reprinted from Civil Engineering^ October, November, December 1945, and January, February 1946 






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ESCANABA DAILi MESS 



Brooklyn Bridge Newsboy At 7; He 
Designed Mackinac Straits Span 



By JEAN WORTH 

The suspension bridge being 
lit in the Straits of Mackinac, 
er so many rears of talk about 
>ridge there, k the work of 
ny men. 

rhe man most responsible for 
inging the dream into a plan is 
. David B. Steinman. He at- 
ided a bridge press conference 
St. Ignace and Mackinaw City 
Sept. 9 and he was glad to talk 
Dut the bridge, but even more 
thusiastic, it seemed, about bis 
sk of verse soon to be published 
the Davidson Press in New 
rk. It is titled "I Built a Bridge 
A Other Poems." 
3n Mackinac Island one night 
. Steinman heard a fog horn 
mding and he used the rhythm 
the signal for the cadence of a 
em "Out of the Fog." It is ter- 
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Us Hobbr 

Dr. Steinman is a mathemati- 
.n. Creative mathematics ii his 
bby and mathematics are, of 
arse, the core of hie equipment 
an engineer . He had six years 

college mathematics before he 
tered engineering school. 
When he returned to City Col- 
ic of New York on one occasion 
; mathematics professor, the 
e Paul Samel, expressed his 
.appointment that Dr. Steinman 
d foresaken mathematics. "Have 
u read my book?" asked Stein- 
in. "Oh," said Saurel "that is 
out applied mathematics; I 
}a re mathematics!" 
Wi*«e Dr. Steinman wrote vent 

did M mathematically, scientt- 
ally. He listed all the rhyming 
>rds and then fitted them into 
act patterns of composition. 
he critics," he said "say {hat my 
ems are too mathematical. It is 




DR. DAVID B, STMNMAN demonstrates to a 
meeting of the Mackinac Bridge Authority and 
the preas at Mackinaw City how the Mackinac 
Straits Bridge will be aerodynamically stable. 
He is using a miniature section of the bridge 



in the United States, he said. 

Dr. Steinman's bridge designs 
and counsel on bridges have 
brought him many honors. He has 
14 academic degrees, four earned 
and 10 honorary. From 1910 to 
1914 he was professor of civil en- 
gineering at the University of 
Idaho and for three years after 
1917 he had a similar post at City 
CoHege in New York. Since 1920 
he has been in private practice, 
designing and consulting on the 
design of bridges. 

Straits Span Project 
He has a targe organization. Ac- 
cepting a $70,000 check in periodic 
payment for services to the Bridge 
Authority, he reported that he had 
46 men at the Mackinac Bridge 
site and 200 engineers in his New 
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hung from spring wires to demonstrate wind 
force results simulated by the electric fan. The 
trusswork of a bridge section is shown, with the 
roadway at top. (Daily Press Photo*) 



aerodynamic stability of bridges.) 
"Professor Farquharson made 
the wind tunnel tests for the 
Mackinac Bridge and they show 
complete aerodynamic stability 
against all modes of oscillation at 
all wind velocities up to an impos- 
sible magnitude: 692 miles per 
hour for the lowest mode of os- 
cillation* and 942 mile* per hour 
for the next higher mode." 

The design orders open areas 
between trusses and roadway and 
openings in the deck for stability, 
but even with deck opening* 
closed by ice, teats show absolute 
stability, said Dr. Steinman. 
Pi wrea Teased 
"We checked the maximum 
possible ice pressure) and the 
greatest ever recorded was 21.000 
pounds per lineal foot. We tested 
up to a maximum pressure of : 



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BRIDGES AND AERODYNAMICS 



By 

D. B. Steinman 



This paper, illustrated with lantern slides, motion pictures, and models, was pre- 
sented by D. B. Steinman, Consulting Engineer, New York, Retiring President of 
the New York Academy of Sciences, as the Presidential address, at the Annual 
Meeting of the Academy, December 3, 1953. 



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Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge 





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Where Niagara's waters thunder. 
Challenging the power of Man, 

Filling hearts with awestruck wonder 
What a background for a span! 

Strong to carry trainloads speeding 
High above the fuming flood, 

Timid precedents unheeding, 
Magic span of wire and wood! 



Roebling vowed that he coxdd build it 
Where the lashing rapids swirled. 

Bold his plan but he fulfilled it: 

Built the span and thrilled the world. 

D. B. Steinman 



Reprinted fram THE ROEBLING RECORD, October 30, 19S3. 



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By D. B. STEIN MAN 



I planted a seed and added my love 
To the sunshine and life-force that came from above. 
I thrilled to behold how Thv magic power 
Made each bud unfold as a beautiful flower. 

I groped for the music and words to impart 
The gladness and longing that sang in my heart. 
The stars brought Thv melodv, lingering long, 
And my heartstrings recorded the Heaven-born song. 

I quarried the rock and carved it with care 
To build a cathedral for worship and praver. 
My soul sang Thy story— compassion divine- 
As I wrought in Thy glory a reverent shrine. 

A flower, a song, or a soul-lifting shrine— 
My own share is humble, the magic is Thine. 
Though lowly my part, I am thankful to be 
Co-working in beauty as partner with Thee! 



Reprinted from the 
September 1953 issue of 

PARTNERS 

The Magazine of Labor and Management 



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PRESENTATION OF NYSSPE CITATION TO DR. STEINMAN 




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Left to right: William H. Larlcin, P.E., Chairman of the Stat* Board of Examiner* of Professional Engineers and Land Surreyors, 

and NYSSPE Trustee and Past President; Dr. Darid B. Steinman. P.E.; Dr. John C. Riedel. P.E.. NYSSPE. Trustee and Past 

President, and Brother Augustine Philip. President of Manhattan College. 



THE NEW YORK STATE SOCIETY 



PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS. INC. 



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The University of the State of New York 



JOURNAL OF A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS 

OF 
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK 

HELD AT THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, ALBANY. 
SEPTEMBER 24-25, 1953 



Retirement of David B. Steinman 

Voted, That the Board of Regents express to Dr David B. Steinman, 
one of the world's outstanding engineers, its sincere appreciation of his 
long and faithful service as a member of the Board of Examiners of Pro- 
fessional Engineers and Land Surveyors and of his many contributions 
to the cause of professional education in the State of New York. Doctor 
Steinman's retirement from the Board of Examiners culminates a term 
of service that has lasted for 24 years, a period during which written 
examinations for licensure in engineering were inaugurated and during 
which over 28,000 licenses have been granted in engineering or land sur- 
veying. Doctor Steinman's contribution to the profession of engineering 
has brought him universal commendation. 



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A MASTER'S THESIS 

Reprinted from the 

NAVY-COLUMBIA OFFICIAL FOOTBALL PROGRAM 

NOVEMBER 14, 1953 



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Christmas Magic 

The star-shaped snowflakes softly fall 

To deck each bough with sparkling 

white. 

With magic wand the stars are hung 

Like jewels of celestial light. 

The treetop holds, as crowning 

gem, 
The glowing Star of Bethlehem! 

Once shepherds saw the wondrous 
Light; 
Beside a crib they knelt in prayer. 
The humblest hearth now glows with 
Love 
Because His gift — a Child — is 
there! 
The angel voices sing again: 
Peace on Earth, Good Will to 
Men! 

D. B. Steinman, P.E. 

MOM S«SSS£«S« £SK £«*«*<«:£*£«£«£ 



Reprinted from 

American Engineer 

December, 1953, issue 

1121 15th Street, N. W. 
Washington 5, D. C. 






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ENGINEER OF THE MONTH 






Co incident with his retirement as a 
member of the New York State Board of 
Examiners of Professional Engineers 
and Land Surveyors, we add to the 
widespread acclaim to genius and pay 
tribute to Past President and Fellow 
Member. Dr. David B. Steinman. our 
"Engineer of the Month." 

Universally acknowledged as a leader 
in the engineering held and the world's 
leading authority on the construction of 
bridges, Dr. Steinman's talents are re- 
flected in the structural splendor and 
sheer magnificence of bridges erected on 
five continents of the world. Six of his 
bridges have received annual awards as 
the most beautiful in America. 

It is beyond the capacity of this 
Bulletin or, for that matter, the capa- 
bility of any one engineering group to 
adequately summarize the achievements, 
or to appraise the invaluable services to 
the engineering profession, wrought by 
this human dynamo who, for over a 
quarter of a century, has labored assidu- 
ously and most effectively in behalf of 
his beloved vocation. 

Reared in the shadow of the now 
historic Brooklyn Bridge, whose stately 
towers and graceful lines first fired his 
boyish imagination, Dr. Steinman began 
the weaving of a life pattern, the reali- 
zation of which has brought him both 
fame and renown in all corners of the 
world. Endowed with the soul of the 
poet, and almost magical mental po- 
tentiality, Dr. Steinman has built as he 
dreamed and dreamed as he built. 

Dr. Steinman received his B.S. degree 
(summa cum laudej from the College 
of the City of New York and his C.E., 
A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia 




Dr. David B. Steinman 

University. He was Professor of Civil 
Engineering at the University of Idaho 
from 1910 to 1914 and Professor of 
Civil and Mechanical Engineering at 
City College from 1917 to 1920. Since 
1920 he has been in private practice as 
designer and consultant in the construc- 
tion of most of the notable bridges 
throughout the world. Currently, he is 
engaged in the problem of bridging the 
gap between Italy and Sicily across the 
Messina Strait, which promises to be 
the longest span in the world. Dr. Stein- 
man is the recipient of numerous na- 
tional and international honors, includ- 
ing the twice conferred Norman Medal, 
the highest award of the American So- 
ciety of Civil Engineers. 

Add to his world renowned engineer- 
ing accomplishments, his valuable con- 
tribution of hundreds of widely pub- 
lished scientific articles, his literary skill 
in both prose and poetry which gave 
rise to his classic historical novel, 'The 
Builders of the Bridge," and his pro- 
found devotion to the engineering pro- 
fession and one may gain some concept 
of a truly great engineer whom we are 
proud to honor as our "Engineer of the 
Month." 



Reprinted from Brooklyn Engineers* Club Hulk-tin, Issue of October, 1953 



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A LA FRANCE 



Vc WM« e s* done ce char me magique, 6 France, 
De VamouT la chaleur, d'une chanson la cadence, 
Cet attrait romanesque auquel battent nos cceurs, 
Ce souffle printanier qui nous parle de bonheur ? 
La lumiere du soleil, du vent la suave caresse, 
Les etoiles qui apaisent nos hemes de detresse. 
Par ton art, ta beaute, de ta culture la Heur, — 
O France, — a l'Univers tu as donne un cceur ! 

O France, — quel est-il, cet appel enivrant 
Auquel vibrent tes heros dans leurs nobles elans ? 
Tes Sis dans leur ardeur Vetendard deployerent, 
Et pour la Liberte, leurs vies Us immoldrent; 
lis iorgerent pour les Hommes ton projet emouvant, 
Pour la Fraternite de tous Us verserent leur sang. 
Ce reve magnifique est maintenant notre ffamme — 
O France, — a l'Univers tu as donne une awe ! 

D. B. STEINMAN 



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Oc-obcr 11 1953 



To Bridge 
A Dilemma 



Italians would 
Scylla and 



By HARRY CD-ROY 

CONFRONTED with the 
Homeric problem ' of 
how to avoid Scylla 
without falling into Charybdis, 
David B. Steinman proposes 
to bridge the dilemma. As the 
New York engineer is interna- 
tionally known for designing 
actual rather than figurative 
bridges, it is a real crossing of 
Messina Strait between Italy 
and Sicily that concerns him. 
The news he has just received 
from Italy is that the Cabinet 
i considering his preliminaxy 
plans for what would be the 
longest span in the world. The 
plans were approved in Au- 
gust by a congress of officials 
and engineers assembled at 
Messina to study the project. 




Dr»wlm b? WtNImn Jcohb. 
Engineer D. B. Stcinman't design 
for bridge over Messina Strait. 

Dr. Steinman's design, which 
he prepared at the request of 
the Italian 'Steel Institute, is 
or a railroad and highway 
Bridge making a crossing of 
two miles over notoriously 
dangerous waters 400 feet 
deep. Its main span would 
arch 5,000 feet, thus exceed- 
ing the 4,200-foot length of 
Golden Gate "bridge. Its side 



spans of 2,400 feet would be 
longer than the main spans 
of any other bridges in the 
world except for Golden Gate, 
George Washington and Ta- 
coma Narrows. The engineer 
estimates a cost of $60,000,000 
and assures that his design 
would make it the most rigid 
suspension bridge ever .built. 

iHE proposed structure 
would be placed in a location 
where the utmost sturdiness is 
required of any building. On 
the Sicilian side of the strait 
is the city of Messina, where 
the prevailing low houses and 
places of business are a re- 
minder that a 1908 earthquake 
razed the old city. On the 
mainland side is Reggio, also 
devastated by the 1008 tem- 
blor. It is between these ports 
that ferries now carry the 
traffic which would go over 
the bnage, including a quar- 
ter-million railroad carloads of 
fruit each year from Sicily. 

Besides allowing for strength 
to withstand earthquakes, Dr. 
Steinman said his design had 
to provide unusual aerody- 
namic stability. In. winter, 
when the Calabrian mountains 
on the east side of the strait 
are covered with snow, vio- 
lent northeasterly winds storm 
across the waters. Every few 
days an opposing gale comes 
up from the south and then 
anything that is not fastened 
down is likely to blow away. 
The same thing, in lesser de- 
gree, happens at other seasons. 
To cope with these winds, the 
engineer is providing a power- 
ful system of stays and using 
open-work construction with 
little sail area. 

Sinking the piers for the 
bridge into the treacherous 
currents of the strait would be 
a major problem in itself. 
There is in the strait a north- 
going tidal current known as 
the montante, a south-going 
tidal current called the scen- 
dente. and both currents pro- 
duce offspring that go in the 
opposite direction to the par- 
ents and hence are bastard*. 
Where the currents run coun- 
ter to one another there are 
garofali or whirlpools. 

X HE worst of the whirlpools, 



off the Sicilian shore of the 
strait, is the one known to 
legend as Charybdis. Accord- 
ing to the myth, Charybdis 
was a larcenous lady who 
stole the oxen of Hercules 
(who, by the way, swam the 
strait clinging -to. the horns 
of a bull). For this theft she 
had a thunderbolt bounced off. 
her head by Zeus (Hercules' 
father, remember?) and after 
this she wasn't good for much 
but to conduct a whirlpool as 
the opposite attraction to a 
girl named Scylla who haunt- 
ed a rock on the Italian side. 



sailed a disastrous course, as 
told in the Odyssey: "On one 
side lay Scylla and on the 
other divine Charybdis terri- 
bly sucked down the salt 
water of the sea." What with 
Scylla's dogs eating some of 
the mariners and others being 
engulfed by Charybdis, Ulys- 
ses suffered quite a loss of 
personnel. 

,S if a body of water in- 
habited by such natural forces 
and unnatural people were not 
trouble enough for an engineer 
even of Dr. Steinman'a skill, 
Messina Strait has another 
terrifying attribute which 
could have its effect on the 
proposed bridge. That is an 
occasional mirage there known 
as the fata morgana. 

When wide variations in 
air and water temperatures 
through the strait produce air 
layers of different densities 
these extraordinary mirages 
which are reflections, occur. 
An observer may see himself 
and adjacent objects cast upon 
a cloud in the heavens or on 
a fog bank along the water. 



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Scylla — tma is according to 
Homer, rather than Dr. Stein- 
man — was a nymph who had 
the misfortune to fire the 
ardor of Glaucus, a fisherman 
who slipped into divine circles 
as a sea-god after eating an 
herb. Glaucus paid a call on 
Circe, the famous herb gar- 
dener of antiquity, and asked 
her help to win Scylla. But 
Circe fell for the piscatorial 
charm of Glaucus and she got 
Scylla out of the way by 
putting an herb in Scylla's fa- 
vorite bathing fountain. In- 
stead of 'being a love drug it 
made Scylla break out in a 
very curious way — ute heaua 
of ferocious dogs popped out 
all around her previously ad- 
mirable waistline. She can 
hardly be blamed for going to 
sit on the rock which lies to- 
day off the little port of Scilla 
on the Italian coast. 
' It was between these two 
dangerous ladies that Ulysses 



between Scylla and Charybdis. 

The shapes of objects waver 
and distort. Whether Dr. Stein- 
man's proposed bridge would 
seem to fade, too, under these 
conditions he does not know. 
But he will guarantee that it 
will take more than the fate 
morgana to make his bridge 
go away in reality. 

Dr. Steinman has been' re- 
ceiving regular reports from 
Dr. Mario Palmieri, an asso- 
ciate bridge engineer who is 
representing him in Italy, but 
the problems raised concern 
structural methods, financing, 
potential traffic and other 
such mundane affairs, not 
miracles or mirages. "Nature 
has concentrated some remark- 
able creations in Messina 
Strait," comments Dr. Stem- 
man. "Mankind has attached 
to the place some of its most 
poetic creations. We can build 
there now a symbol of scien- 
tific creativity, a truly great 
and beautiful structure." 



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STEINMAN, David Barnard, Consulting Engr., 117 
Liberty St., N. Y. 6, N. Y. DESIGN AND CON- 
STRUCTION OF LONG- 
SP AN BRIDGES ; 
BRIDGE AERODYNAM- 
ICS, b. N. Y., N. Y., 
June 11, 1886. 6. Louis 
Kelvin and Eva (Scol- 
lard) S. Edn.: B.S., Coll. 
of the City of N. Y., 
1906; A.M., Columbia 
Univ., 1909; C.E., ibid., 
1909; Ph.D., ibid., 1911. 
Hon. Deg. : Sc.D., Coll. 
of the City of N. Y., 
1947; Dr. of Engrng., 
Manhattan Coll., 1953 ; 
Dr. of Sci., Columbia 
Univ., 1953; Dr. of En- 
grng., Rensselaer Poly. 
Inst., 1953; LL.D., Al- 
fred Univ., 1953. m. 
Irene Hoffman, June 9, 
1915. c. : John Francis; Alberta; David. Exp. i 
Engrng. Work until 1910; Prof, of Civil. Engrng., 
Univ. of Idaho, 1910-14, also Consulting Practice; 
Special Asst. to Gustav Lindenthal on Design and 
Construction of Hell Gate Arch Bridge and Other 
Notable Bridges, 1914-17; Prof, in Chg. of Civil and 
Mech. Engrng., Coll. of the City of N. Y., 1917-20; 
Consulting Practice, 1920 — ; Designing or Con- 
sulting Engr. for Many Notable Bridges, Including 
Suspension Bridge at Florianopolis, Brazil (largest 
bridge in S. A.), 1922-26; Carquinez Strait Bridge, 
Calif, (longest cantilever bridge in the U. S.), 1923- 
27; Bridge at Grand Mere, Que., Can., 1928-29; St. 
John's Bridge, Portland, Ore. (highest span in the 
Northwest), 1929-31; Sydney Harbor Bridge, Aus- 
tralia ; Cologne-Muhlheim Bridge, over the Rhine, 
Germany; Mt. Hope (R. I.) Bridge (longest span in 
New England), 1927-29; Waldo Hancock Bridge, 
Maine, 1930-31; Tri-Borough Bridge, N. Y. City; 
Sky-Ride and Observation Towers (Century of 
Progress Expn., Chicago), 1933 ; Henry Hudson 
Bridge, N. Y. City; Thousand Islands Internatl. 
Bridge, over St. Lawrence River (5 bridges), 1937- 
38; Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, Maine, 1938-39; 
Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, B. C, Can., 1937- 
39; Charter Oak Bridge, Hartford, Conn., 1941-42; 
and others on 5 continents; Engaged in Reconstruc- 
tion of Brooklyn Bridge, 1948-52; Vice-Pres., Tioga- 
Nichols Bridge Co., Smithboro Bridge Co.; Dir., 
Independence Bridge Co., Interboro Bridge Co., 
Richmond-Hopewell Bridge Co.; Pres., Pan-Ameri- 
can Public Works, Inc. Hon, Pos. : Chmn. for 
N. Y. State, Natl. Com. for Trade Recovery, 1933- 
34; Mem., Senate, Columbia Univ. Dept. of Engrng.; 
Mem., Natl. Council of Natl. Econ. League; Mem., 
Exec. Com., Engrs. Council for Professional De- 
velopment; Pres., Amer. Toll Bridge Assn., 1932- 
34; Hon. Vice-Pres. and Mem. Adv. Council, Lay- 
men's Natl. Com.; Inventor of New Influence Line 
Methods and Charts for Design of Railway Bridges; 
Improvements in Suspension Bridge Design; New 
System of Design Loading for Railway Bridges; 
Simplified Methods of Analysis for Bridge Design; 
Aerodynamic Analysis of Suspension Bridges. 
Mem.: Natl. Organizing Comm. of Freedom Inter- 
natl.; Pub. Works Comm. of N. Y. Soc. of Archi- 
tects; Natl. Comm. for Columbia Univ. Schl. of 
Engrng.; Sigma Alpha; Union County Chapter of 
N. J. Soc. of Professional Engrs.; Erie County 
Chapter of N. Y. Soc. of Professional Engrs.; Chmn., 
Comm. on Registration, A.S.C.E., 1951-52; Vice- 
Chmn., N. Y. State Bd. of Examiners of P. E., 1962- 
53; Vice-Pres., Associated Alumni of C. C. N. Y., 
1950-53; Awarded Testimonial Scroll by Alumni 
and Friends of Madison House, 1952; Certificate of 



Cooperation, U. S. Mutual Security Agency, 1952; 
Fellow of Rsch. Council, Emerson Univ.; Fellow, 
Aerial League of Amer.; A.A.A.S. ; Amer. Geog. Soc; 
Royal Soc. of Arts; Life Mem., Phi Beta Kappa; 
Amer. Soc. Civil Engrs.; Colegio de Ingenieros de 
Puerto Rico; N. Y. Good Roads Assn.; Cooper 
Union Alumni Assn.; Chmn., U. S. Council of In- 
ternatl. Assn. Bridge and Structural Engrs. ; Amer. 
Assn. Engrs.; Natl. Soc. Professional Engrs; N. Y. 
State Soc. Professional Engrs.; N. Y. State Bd. 
Examiners for Professional Engrs. and Land Sur- 
veyors ; Natl. Council State Bds. of Engrng. Ex- 
aminers; Amer. Engrng. Council; Brooklyn Engrs. 
Club; Amer. Railway Engrng. Assn.; Amer. Soc. 
for Testing Materials; Amer. Concrete Inst.; Amer. 
Military Engrs.; Soc. for Engrng. Edn.; Assoc. 
Alumni Coll. of City of N. Y. ; Engrng. Inst, of 
Can.; Municipal Engrs. of N. Y.; Corp. of Pro- 
fessional Engrs. of Que.; Idaho Soc. of Engrs.; 
Amer. Inst, of N. Y.; Natl. Pub. Housing Conf. ; 
Advisory Council of City Charter Com. of N. Y. ; 
Amer. Math. Soc; Acad. Political Sci.; Met. Regional 
Com. Engrs. Employment and Salaries; Architects 
and Engrs. Alliance; Ohio Soc. Professional Engrs.; 
Ky. Soc. Professional Engrs.; Tex. Soc. Professional 
Engrs.; Hon. Life Mem., Nassau County Chapter, 
N. Y. State Soc. of Professional Engrs.; Hon. Mem., 
Engrng. Alumni of Coll. of the City of N. Y.; 
Life Mem., Professional Engrs. of Ore.; Hon. Mem., 
Hudson County Soc Professional Engrs.; Phi Beta 
Kappa; Sigma Xi ; Tau Beta Pi; Soc for Preserva- 
tion of Covered Bridges; Natl. Travel Club; Chi 
Epsilon ; Pres., N. Y. Acad. Sci.; Hon. Mem., Legion 
Beige (Belgium); Hon. Mem., Free French War 
Veterans ; Hon. Mem., Accademia di Filologia Class- 
ica (Rome, 1952); Hon. Mem., Internatl. Faculty, 
Andhra Univ. (India); Trustee of the French Univ. 
of N. x*.; Hon. Mem., Societe des Ingenieurs Pro- 
fessionnels (France); Life Fellow, Royal Soc. of 
Arts (England) ; Pres., Union Internationale des 
Ingenieurs Professionals. Hon. Pos. : Knight Com- 
mander (with Star) of the Order of the Gold Cross 
of the Military Chapter of Cyprus and Jerusalem 
(Rome, 1952); Cross of Commander, Grand Prix 
Humanitaire de Belgique (Belgium, 1952); Cross 
of Knight of the Ordre des Chevaliers de la Croix 
de Lorraine (Paris, 1952); Hon. Companion of the 
Resistance of the Ordre des Chevaliers de la Croix 
de Lorraine et des Compagnons de la Resistance 
(Paris, 1952). Author: Bridges and Their Build- 
ers, 1941; The Builders of the Bridge, 1945; Sus- 
pension Bridges, Their Design, Construction and 
Erection, 1923 and 1929; Suspension Bridges and 
Cantilevers; The Wichert Truss; Famous Bridges 
of the World, 1953. Contbr. to: A.S.C.E. Trans.; 
Ency. Britannica; Ency. Americana; Colliers Ency.; 
Assoc. Editor, Engrs. Handbook Library, 1921-23. 
Gen. Int.: Registered Professional Engr. in N. Y., 
Ore., 111., Maine, Iowa, Conn., Fla., Ohio, Nebr., 
Que., Ont., British Columbia, Puerto Rico, N. J., 
Mich.; Awarded J. James R. Croes Medal, 1919, 
Normal Medal, 1923 and 1951; Thomas Fitch Row- 
land Prize, 1929, all by Amer. Soc Civil Engrs.; 
Artistic Bridge Awards, Amer. Inst. Steel Con- 
struction, 1930, 1932. 1937, 1938, 1939, 1942; Prize, 
Amer. Assn. Engrs. for "Vow of Service," adopted 
for Engrng. Profession, 1926; Alfred T. White Prize, 
Brooklyn Engrs. Club, 1934; Townsend Harris 
Medal for Professional Achievements, Assoc. Alumni 
of Coll. of the City of N. Y., 1934; Alumni Service 
Medal, 1936; Columbia Medal for Excellence, 1947; 
Egleston Medal, 1950; Presented with Silver Scroll 
for Contributions to Adv. of Engrng. by Eleven 
Engrng. Societies, 1932; Inventor, Improvements in 
Stereo-Photography; Presented 1952 with Highest 
Award of Natl. Soc of Professional Engrs. for 
Distinguished Service for the Advancement of the 
Engrng. Profession and Devotion to Humanity. 



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A DREAM, A SONG, A PRAYER 

By D. B. Steinman 



A bridge of strength and grace in mystic 
blend 

Embodies spirit treasures that transcend 

The steel and stone. The builder's dream 
is there, 

Each curve a song, each soaring line a 
prayer. 

A dream, a song, a prayer — these three 
combine 

To make the bridge a beacon and a 
shrine. 



So with our lives, Builder of our Span 

Help us to weave these strands into Thy 
plan 

In threefold blend : a dream to point the 
goal; 

A song to lift the heart; a prayer, the 
soul! 

Grant us these gifts of love, or life is 
bare; 

Give us a dream, a song, a thankful 
prayer! 



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THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS 
IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 

by 

Dr. D. B. Steinman, Consulting Engineer 

President, L'Union Internationale des Ingenieurs Professionals; 

Founder and First President of the National Society of 

Professional Engineers (U.S.A.) 

Honorary Member of Hudson Chapter 

(Presented at the International Congress of Professional Engineers, held at 

Paris, November 13-15, 1953) 



In the United States of America, the Engineering 
Profession has attained a very high level of public 
recognition and esteem. 

Registration Laws for Professional Engineers have 
now been enacted in all of the forty -eight states, 
also in the District of Columbia and in all of the 
territories of the United States. Through these regis- 
tration laws, we have secured public and legislative 
recognition of the fact that Engineering is a profes- 
sion, that Engineering is a learned profession, that 
Engineering is one profession. 

The standard qualifying requirements for registra- 
tion include character, professional education, pro- 
fessional experience, and the passing of written 
examinations. 

There are now over 190,000 registered Professional 
Engineers in the United States. In addition there 
are over 40,000 certified Engineers-in-Training ; these 
are engineering graduates who have passed their 
preliminary examinations for registration and who 
are waiting for the completion of their four-year ex- 
perience requirement before they are admitted to the 
final examinations to qualify as Professional Engi- 
neers. 

In each state, the registration of Professional Engi- 
neers and of Engineers-in-Training is administered 
by a State Board of Registration for Professional 
Examiners, or a State Board of Engineering Exam- 
iners. The work of these 52 State Boards is unified 
and coordinated by a National Council of State 
Boards of Engineering Examiners. 

In 1934, after we had laid our strong foundation 
in New York State, we took the next step. We 
dreamed of a national organization of, by and for 
all engineers, dedicated to a great cause, namely a 
defined, integrated and unified Engineering Profes- 
sion. It was my privilege to issue the call for the 
first organization meeting and to serve as the first 
president of the new-born National Society of Pro- 
fessional Engineers. I put my heart into it — all of my 
time and every ounce of my strength. During the 
following years I travelled many thousands of miles 
around the country, from Maine to Texas, on my own 
time and at my own expense, speaking before gather- 
ings of engineers, before legislatures, at public meet- 
ings and conventions — advocating the enactment of 



registration laws, organizing new state societies, and 
preaching the gospel of Engineers' Registration, pro- 
fessional consciousness, and public service. The seeds 
we planted then have taken root, flourished, and 
borne fruit. We now have a National Society of 
30,000 members, with 39 member State Societies, 300 
local Chapters, and 3,000 committees of engineers — 
all working for the advancement of the engineering 
profession and for the highest ideals of service to 
the public. And we now have a strong and effective 
registration law for Professional Engineers enacted 
and functioning in every state of the United States. 
We have written high qualification standards into 
these registration laws, including high requirements 
of character, academic and professional education, 
high requirements of training and experience, written 
examinations, and high standards of professional 
conduct — all in recognition of our high obligation to 
the public as members of a trusted and distinguished 
profession. 

We also have our national technical societies in the 
United States — over ninety of them — for the different 
branches and specialties of the profession. We have 
societies of Civil Engineers, Chemical Engineers, 
Radio Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Sanitary 
Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Mining Engineers, 
Automotive Engineers, Agricultural Engineers, Aero- 
nautic Engineers, and scores of others — each devoted 
to its own branch or specialty of knowledge and 
practice. But we have only one National Society of 
Professional Engineers, uniting all engineers for the 
advancement of their common interests in public 
recognition and esteem. It is the only society in the 
U. S. A. with membership limited exclusively to reg- 
istered Professional Engineers. It is the only society 
in the U. S. A. uniting engineers of all branches of 
the profession. It is the only society in the U. S. A. 
devoted exclusively to professional activities, such as 
legislation, public relations, and professional recogni- 
tion. 

Our National Society of Professional Engineers, 
our State Societies, and our Local Chapters are 
closely integrated. A member of one unit is a mem- 
ber of all. Every member of the National Society is 
automatically a member of his State Society and of 
his Local Chapter. 



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TO FRANCE 

W7?at is your magic spell, O France, 
To throb our pulses with romance ? 
You bring the gift of love and song, 
The breath of spring for which we long; 
The sunshine where soft winds caress 
To stir our dreams of happiness. 
With beauty shrined in life and art, 
France, you have given the world a heart I 

And what is your flame of sacred light 
Inspiring hope in darkest night ? 
With Freedom's battle Hags unfurled 
Your hero sons have thrilled the world. 
They gave their lives to shape your plan — 
To build the Brotherhood of Man. 
Your noble dream is now our goal — 
France, you have given the world a soul I 

— D. B. Steinman. 

Reprinted from "French-Amehican Commerce" 
July-August 1953 issue. 



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Hartford I Connecticut 

Established in 1764 - The oldest newspaper of 
continuous publication in America. 

HERBERT BRUCKER - EDITOR 



The poem you were good enough to send 
to The Courant was printed in the issue of 

SEP 28 1353 



A clipping is attached. 

— Grace H. Loomis 

The Dreamer 

His dream-ship floats on seas of 

amethyst 
And leaves a wake of star-flamed, 

sapphire foam. 
The Dreamer stands on deck in 

lonely tryst 
With mystic beauty of the star-filled 

dome. 
As soft winds stir the sails toward 

far-off goals 
The ship sways gently toward one 

side, and then 
To lullaby of cradling waves, it rolls 
In rhythmic cadence slowly back 

again. 

The Dreamer sees the gleaming 

stars appear 
In downward swing, until they seem 

to be 
Almost within his reach, they come 

so near, 
And then they draw away to apogee. 
He may not grasp the stars as they 

pass by, 
But sadder far would be a starless 

sky. 

D. B. Steinman 

New York, New York 



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A clipping is attached. 

— Grace H. Loomis 



Flight 



With thunder of ten thousand fiery 

steeds 
Our gleaming chariot leaps to sky- 
ward flight. 
Through blue-domed space our 

winged transport speeds 
Above the cumulus of drifting white. 
We leave behind the tumult of the 

crowds; 
The muffled engine throb is all we 

hear. 
In sunlit peace we fly above the 

clouds 
And find release from earthbound 

storm and fear. 

With trust in pilot and his star- 
mapped plan 

We wing our way to reach our sun- 
set goal. 

This magic power of flight achieved 
by man 

Fulfills a soaring dream within his 
soul. 

Man's dream has set his soaring 
spirit free 

Between the clouds and all eternity. 

D. B. Steinman 
New York, N. Y. 



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Der Umbau der Brooklyn-Briicke in New York. 

(Unter Verwendung einea Aufsatzes des amerikanUchen Briickenbauers 
Dr. Steinman Bowie Dach cigcnen Eimlriirkpii von einer Studienreise im 
Sommer 1952.) 

Die im Jahre 1883 nach 13jahriger Bauzeit vollendete Brooklyn- 
Briicke — die erste Hangebriicke, bei der Stahlkabel verwendet wur- 
den — war in der damaligen Zeit unzweifelhaf t eine geniale Ingenieur- 
leistung (Bild 1). Dariiber hinaus ist sie bis auf den heutigen Tag 
eine der schonsten 
Briicken New Yorks ge- 
blieben. Ihre Erbauer 
waren der aus Deutsch- 
land ausgewanderte 
J. A. Roebling und 
sein Sohn. Wahrend 
ersterer schon bei den 
vorbereitenden Arbei- 
ten im Jahre 1869 
einen Unfall auf der 
Baustelle erlitt, an 
dessen Folgen er starb, 
konnte sein Sohn das 
Werk vollenden. Er 
zog sich jedoch beim 
Bau der Briicke durch 
zu langen Aufenthalt 
in den holzernen Senk- 
kasten die sogenannte 
..Caisson-Krankhcit" 
zu, die seine friihe I.ii h- 
mung und Paralyse 
zur Folge hatte (ge- 
storben 1926). 

Die Briicke hat eine 
Spannweite von 486,6 
m und eine Gesamt- 
lange von 1060 m (Bild 
2). Sie besaB bis 1951 
6 Versteifimgstrager, jedoch nur 4 Hangegu't* (Bild 3). Zwei innere 
\ ersteifungstrager waren nicht aufgehangt, sie konnten deshalb 
lediglich als lastverteilende Langstrager angesehen werden. Jedenfalls 
war es sehr zweifelhaft, in welchem Umfange diese Triiger sich an 
der Aufnahme der bewegenden Last beteiligten und wie sie bei der 
statischen Berechnung zu bewerten waren. Die Briicke hatte zunachst 
nur eine Fahrspur in jeder Richtung und auBerdem 4 Gleise. Durch 
den Ausbau der beiden StraBenbahngleise im Jahre 1944 konnten 
2 weitere Spuren fur den Fahrverkehr gewonnen werden. Eine zwei- 
gleisige Vorortbahn verkehrte noch bis znm Jahre 1950. Der hoch- 
gelegene FuBsteg in Briickenmitte erfreut sich wegen der schonen 
Aussicht besonderer Beliebtheit bei der New Yorker Bevolkerung; 
er wurde deshalb audi beim Umbau der Briicke beibehalten. 




verkehr nunmehr 6 Spuren zu schaffen, jedoch wird die Briicke 
nach dem Umbau nur eine beschriiukte Tragfahigkeit besitzen. Alle 
charakteristischen Merkmale des Bauwerkes, wie die monumentalen 
Tiirme (Pylonen) mit ihren gotischen Torbogen und die leicht gc- 
schwungene Fiihrung derVersteifungstrager in derFluBoffnung, wur- 
den bei dem neuen Entwurf beibehalten. Insbesondere wurde an der 
Art der Aufhangung nichts geandert. Roebling hatte schon in genialer 
Voraussicht bei diesem Bauwerk auBer senkrechten Hangern auch 

Schragseile verwandt 
in der gleichen Art, 
wie sie jetzt bei vieien 
(auch neueren) Hange- 
briicken nachtraglich 
zur Erhfihung der 
Windstabilitat einge- 
baut werden. Zur Er- 
zielung einer moglichst 
groBen Tragfahigkeit 
muBten vor alien Din- 
gen die Versteifungs- 
tra'ger, die als Rauten- 
fachwerke ausgebildet 
sind, umgebaut wer- 
den. Die nicht aufge- 
hangten mittleren Ver- 
steifungstrager wur- 
den entfernt, und die 
auBeren seither 2,67 m 
hohen Triiger erhielten 
durch Aufstockung die 
gleiche Hohe wie die 
5,20 m hohen Innen- 
trager. Durch diese 
MaBnahme war es mog- 
lich, 2Fahrbahnen von 
je 9 m, also insgesamt 
6 Fahrspuren, zu schaffen (Bild 4). Mit der Aufstockung wurde er- 
reicht, daB die seither nur etwa 10°/o zur senkrechten Aussteifung 
der Briicke beitragenden auBeren Versteifungsgurte nunmehr 50°/o 
tragen. Die beim Abbrennen der nicht aufgehangten Mitteltrager 
gewonnenen oberen Gurtungen konnten als neue dritte Gurtung der 
AuBentrager verwendet werden. Zwischen den beiden oberen Gur- 
tungen wurde durch Einbau von Diagonalcn ein Rautenfachwerk 
geschaffen, dessen Augenstabe mittels Spannschldssern unter Ver- 
wendung genauer Spannungsmesser angespannt wurden. Obgleich die 
nicht aufgehangten Triiger in bezug auf das gesamte System nur eine 
geringe Bedeutung hatten, trugen sie doch wesentlich zur ortlichen 
Verteilung schwerer Radlasten bei. Nach ihrem Fortfall wurde daher, 
um die Fahrbahntrager vor Uberlastung zu schiitzen, ein neuer 



an, von Manhattan aua gesehen. 




Bild 2. Langsschnitt einer Bruckenhalfte. 



Bereits im Jahre 1903, also noch vor dem Aufkommen des Autos, 
konnte die Briicke kaum den Verkehr bewiiltigen, aber erst im Jahre 
1934 erwog man ernsthaft den Umbau. Dr. Steinman stellte damals 
einen Entwurf auf, der unter Verwendung von Aluminium in doppel- 
stockiger Anordnung statt der vorhandenen 2 Fahrspuren 12 Spuren 
geschaffen hatte, ohne das Eigengewicht des Bauwerkes zu ver- 
grbBern. Dieser Plan konnte jedoch nicht verwirklicht werden, weil 
man die hohen Baukosten von 6,25 Mio Dollar scheute. 

Erst 1951 wurde der Umbau. da mittlerweile die Verkehrsverhalt- 
nisse auf der Briicke untragbar geworden waren, nach anderen Pla- 
nen Dr. Steinmans in Angriff genommen, die die alte Konstruktion 
unter Verwendung von Stahl weitgebend beibehalten. Da mittler- 
weile derAluminiumpreis auf mehr als dasDoppelte angestiegen war, 
muBte der urspriingliche Plan fallen. Es gelang zwar, fiir den Fahr- 



langslaufender Verteilungstrager unterhalb der Fahrbahn eingebaut. 
Einzelheiten der Augfiihrung. 
1. Fahrbahnplatte. 

Die Briicke hatte urspriinglich eine leichte Fahrbahn aus Holz- 
bohlen, die spater jedoch durch Holzpflaster ersetzt wurden. Dieses 
konnte aber der Beanspruchung durch den riesigen Verkehr nicht 
standhalten, weil die Wagen wegen der Enge der Fahrbahn nur 
hintereinander fahren konnten. Da beim Umbau das urspriingliche 
Eigengewicht der Briicke nicht wesentlich iiberschritten werden 
durfte, muBte eine leichte Fahrbahn gewahlt werden. Die Verwen- 
dung einer normalen Stahlbetonplatte war wegen des hohen Gewich- 
tes ausgeschlossen. Seitens der Unterhaltungsabteilung des Briicken- 
bauamtes der Stadt New York wurde fiir die FIuBoffnung zunachst 



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Poems for Your 
Scrapbook 

PABTNEB8 
btb. b. srenatAs 

I planted a seed and added my 

love 
To the sunshine and life that 

came from above. 
I thrilled to behold how Thy 

magic power 
Made each bud unfold as a 

beautiful flower. 

I groped for the music and words 

to impart 
The gladness and longing that 

sang in my heart. 
The stars brought Thy melody, 

lingering long, 
And my heartstrings recorded 

the Heaven-born song. 

I quarried the rock and carved 
it with care 

To build a cathedral for wor- 
ship and prayer. 

My soul sang Thy story-com- 
passion divine* 

As I wrought in Thy glory a 
reverent shrine. 

A flower, a song, or a soul-lift- 
ing shrine 

My own snare is bumble, the 
magic is Thine. 

Though lowly my part, I am 
thankful to be 

Co-working in beauty as partner 
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I built a bridge across the tide 
To reach the distant shore, 

And there I roamed through fairer glens 
Than I had known before. 



I built a bridge across the vale 
To reach the sunny slope; 

With singing heart I built the spa 
A rainbow arch of hope. 

I built a bridge across the gulf 
To reach my feUowman; 

I found in him a kindred spark — 
He helped me build the span. 

I built a bridge across the years 

To reach tranquility: 
I did not know how beautiful 

The last of life, could be. 

I built a bridge across the dark 
To reach the unknown shore, 

And there I found supernal love 
And peace forevermore. 



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A bridge of strength and grace in mystic blend 
Embodies spirit treasures that transcend 
The steel and stone. The builders dream is there, 
Each curve a song, each soaring line a prayer. 
A dream, a song, a prayer — these three combine 
To make the bridge a beacon and a shrine. 

So with our lives, O Builder of our Span 
Help us to weave these strands into Thy plan 
In threefold blend: a dream to point the goal; 
A song to lift the heart; a prayer, the souU 
Grant us these gifts of love, or life is bare; 
Give us a dream, a song, a thankful prayer! 



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THE SONG OF THE BRIDGE 

With hammer-clang on steel and rock 

I sing the song of men who build. 
With strength defying storm and shock 

I sing a hymn of dreams fulfilled. 

I lift my span above the tide 

And stand where wind and wave 
caress. 
I bear the load so men may ride 

On rainbow road to happiness. 

The light gleams on my strands and 
bars 
In glory when the sun goes down. 
I lift a net to hold the stars 
And wear the sunset as my crown. 
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The Faith of an Engineer 

A Message for Young Engineers 
By D. B. Steinman 

Consulting Engineer. Past President and Life Member A.A.E. 



The Engineer is a builder. He builds 
his dreams and the dreams of his 
fellowmen into enduring realities. 

There is a beautiful and impressive 
legend — so old that its origin has been 
forgotten. It goes like this: 

Four men stood up with God when 
he made the world. They saw the 
nebulous mass take form under the 
hand of the Creator; and they watched 
with wonder as the shimmering sphere, 
flung from the fingers of Omnipotence, 
found its place in the shining galaxy 
of stars. 

Blinded by the sublime spectacle, the 
men fell down in humble worship. And 
God said to them : "Rise, and fear not." 
And they rose and faced the Master 
with the new-born questions and ambi- 
tions that fired their souls. 

And one of the men asked: "How 
was it done?" and God replied: "Go, 
find out for yourself." And that man 
went and became the Scientist. 

"Give it to me," the second man 
begged. And God said to Him: "Go, 
possess it for yourself," and he went 
and became the Business Man. 

"How beautiful!" exclaimed the third 
man. To him God said: "You shall go 
and, because your soul burns within 
you, you shall create Beauty!" And 
that man went and became the Artist. 
The fourth man said nothing but, as 
his eyes followed the unfolding of the 
plan of Creation, there kindled in his 
heart a desire to do these things. And 
to him God said: "You, too, shall go, 
and you shall plan and build. You shall 
learn to master the forces I have called 
forth, and you shall continue the work 
of Creation!" And that man went and 
became the Engineer. 

And thus this r.oble group of God's 
Journeymen set out upon their appoint- 
ed tasks. The Engineer ran before the 
others to straighten the path for their 
feet. He blazed the trail through track- 
less forest and impenetrable jungle, 
over jagged mountains and across 
torrential streams. He cleared away 
obstacles, broke down barriers, and 
spanned the chasms that halted their 
progress. He explored the far places 
and the depths of the Earth for the 
materials the Journeymen needed, and 
he fashioned the tools for their work. 
He devised shelters to protect them 
from the elemental forces of Air, Earth, 
Fire and Water, and he harnessed these 
to lighten the toil of Man. With head 
and heart and hand, he wrought and 
contrived to ease the task of his fellow 
Journeymen and to multiply the fruits 
of their labors. 

With the Truths discovered by the 
Scientists, the Wealth garnered by the 
Business Man, and the Beauty dreamed 
by the Artist, the Engineer performed 
ever greater miracles — rearing the 
resplendent structure of Civilization 
and Human Progress. 



And thus the Engineer goes on 
through the ages — overcoming obsta- 
cles, conquering new forces, and re- 
shaping the physical world. Unsparing 
of his energy, he plans and toils to 
create comfort, wealth and happiness 
for his fellow-wayfarers. He is the 
pioneer and the leader in the onward 
march of Civilization. 

With the successful achievement of 
each new monumental task, the Engi- 
neer has grown in strength, and greater 
responsibilities and tasks have been 
entrusted to him. Today he has to be 
Scientist, Artist and Business Man, as 
well as Engineer. All four are now 
embodied in him and find expression in 
his creative genius. He works from 
vision to deed, and he applies Science 
and Business and Art in building his 
dreams into enduring realities. He plans 
and builds not only for his time, but 
for the generations to follow. 

Every man's philosophy of life is the 
product of his experiences. This is 
especially true of the professional man. 
His faith, his dedication, and his devo- 
tion to his profession are the products 
of the experiences that have shaped his 
life. 

To me Engineering has been a succes- 
sion of inspiring influences, of impelling 
ambitions, of obstacles overcome, and 
of dreams come true. The realization — 
one after another — of dreams that 
seemed hopeless leaves me reverent and 
humble. 

My career in bridgebuilding is a boy's 
dream come true. I grew up in the 
shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge. As a 
boy, I loved to walk over the span and 
to explore its marvels. I was awed by 
its vastness, by the majesty of the 
towers and by the power of the cables; 
and I was fascinated by all the details 
of the construction — the anchorages and 
the cables, the trussing and the beams, 
the stonework of the towers, and the 
magic of the radiating stays. I came 
to know the great structure intimately 
and reverently. To me it was truly a 
"miracle bridge"; and, as I wondered 
how so marvelous a work could have 
been created, I was fired with the ambi- 
tion to become a builder of bridges. In 
a background of poverty, this far-flung 
ambition seemed beyond the possibility 
of attainment. But the inspiration of 
the bridge had entered my heart, and 
my dream came true! 

An important element in life is 
loyalty. Our lives are shaped by our 
loyalties — to our family, our friends, 
our school, our church, our profession, 
our community, our country — but one 
loyalty I would place high in the list 
is loyalty to our youthful ideals. Only 
by keeping to our goal of inspiration 
can we scale the heights. 

From my earliest experiences I for- 
mulated a guiding philosophy of life 
crystallized in two simple propositions. 




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DR. DAVID B. STEINMAN 

internationally known consulting engineer, 
president of the New York Academy of Sci- 
ences, author, lecturer, and inventor, has a 
magnanimous record in the financial help 
and inspiring encouragement he has given 
college students. 

Since 1920, he has been in private prac- 
tice and has served as designing or consult- 
ing engineer in the construction of many 
notable bridges on five continents. 

He is a life member of the American 
Association of Engineers, and a past presi- 
dent. 



The first is this : 

"There is no excellence without 
effort." 

The second is equally simple: 

No true effort is ever wasted." 

To these I may add a correlated 
truth that has always been in my con- 
sciousness: "The world makes way for 
the man who knows what he wants" — 
provided he is willing to pay the price 
in toil and striving and sacrifice. 

In whatever we do — in whatever we 
build — beyond the stone and the steel, 
the calculations and the plans — the one 
priceless ingredient is the spirit of 
consecration. That includes the qualities 
of vision, devotion, inspiration, and 
integrity. 

The whole thought is beautifully 
expressed in the words of John Ruskin : 

"Therefore when we build, let us 
think that we build forever. Let it not 
be for present delight, nor for present 
use alone. Let it be such work as our 
descendants will thank us for, and let 
us think, as we lay stone upon stone, 
that a time is to come when those stones 
will be held sacred because our hands 
have touched them, and that men will 
say, as they look upon the labor and 
wrought substance of them, 'See, this 
our fathers did for us.' " 



(Reprinted from the August 1953 issue of Professional Engineer) 



TURNING POINT — 
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS 

By Leslie Wax 

The recent appointment of Dr. James 
F. Fairman to and the retirement of Dr. 
David B. Steinman from the Board of 
Fxaminers of Professional Engineers 
and Land Surveyors mark a turning 
point in the engineering profession. 

For a long time, the engineer has been 
fighting for recognition. It has been a 
struggle against formidable obstacles. 
Real and tangible progress has been ac- 
complished through registration of engi- 
neers. However, legal recognition of the 
qualified engineer through the medium 
of the license was only a step in the 
right direction. Not only the public but 
the vast, heterogeneous group of men 
who called themselves civil engineers, 
electrical engineers, chemical engineers, 
etc., had to be sold on the idea that they 
are all of one profession. 

That goal has been reached. The engi- 
neer has become professional minded. 
Vt ith the profession solidly behind the 
registration laws, which are now a 
reality in every one of our 48 states, 
the emphasis has shifted from unity in 
our ranks to conformance by those who 
still practice without benefit of the P.E. 
License. From now on ethics and prac- 
tice instead of unity and recognition 
>hall be the keynote of the profession. 

Dr. Steinman has been a tireless war- 
rior in the battle for unity and recogni- 
tion. His was a lifetime of unselfish 
devotion to the cause. He contributed his 
untiring effort at great personal expense 
so that one day the engineer may take 
his rightful place in society. That day 



has come. After a tumultuous quarter 
century of pushing forward. D. B. Stein- 
man is tired. Giving thought to his own 
welfare at long last, he has formally 
retired from all extra curricular activ- 
ities so that he may take a well earned 
rest. 

Jim Fairman is- more than a logical 
successor to Doc. Steinman on the 
Hoard of Examiners. He is ideally suited 
for the honored position, having been 
closely associated with the movement 
that raised the profession to the position 
it enjoys today. Jim has lived the P.E. 
story. He is the man for the team that 
has the great responsibility of adminis- 
tering the all important laws governing 
the practice of professional engineering 
in New York State. 

We salute Doc. Steinman and Jim 
Fairman, both Fellow Members of long 
standing in the Brooklyn Engineers 
Club, for the credit reflected upon our 
organization. 

In addition to the citation presented 
by the New York State Society of Pro- 
fessional Engineers to Dr. David B. 
Steinman on the occasion of his retire- 
ment from the Board of Examiners of 
Professional Engineers and Land Sur- 
veyors, the Doctor is the recipient of a 
more recent award. 

On October 5, 1953, the University of 
Ghent, Belgium, conferred upon him the 
honorary degree of Doctor. The hood, 
diploma and medal, symbolic of this 
degree, are being forwarded. Dr. Stein- 
man was represented at the ceremonies 
by Dorothy Moore Deflandre, Assistant 
Cultural Officer in the Foreign Service 
of the United States at Brussels, Bel- 
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PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS 

By Leslie Wax 

The recent appointment of Dr. James 
F. Fairman to and the retirement of Dr. 
David B. Steinman from the Board of 
Examiners of Professional Engineers 
and Land Surveyors mark a turning 
point in the engineering profession. 

For a long time, the engineer has been 
fighting for recognition. It has been a 
struggle against formidable obstacles. 
Heal and tangible progress has been ac- 
complished through registration of engi- 
neers. However, legal recognition of the 
qualified engineer through the medium 
of the license was only a step in the 
right direction. Not only the public but 
the vast, heterogeneous group of men 
who called themselves civil engineers, 
electrical engineers, chemical engineers, 
etc., had to be sold on the idea that they 
are all of one profession. 

That goal has been reached. The engi- 
neer has become professional minded. 
With the profession solidly behind the 
registration laws, which are now a 
reality in every one of our 48 states, 
the emphasis has shifted from unity in 
our ranks to conformance by those who 
still practice without benefit of the P.E. 
License. From now on ethics and prac- 
tice instead of unity and recognition 
shall be the keynote of the profession. 

Dr. Steinman has been a tireless war- 
rior in the battle for unity and recogni- 
tion. His was a lifetime of unselfish 
devotion to the cause. He contributed his 
untiring effort at great personal expense 
so that one day the engineer may take 
his rightful place in society. That day 



has come. After a tumultuous quarter 
century of pushing forward. D. B. Stein- 
man is tired. Giving thought to his own 
welfare at long last, he has formally 
retired from all extra curricular activ- 
ities so that he may take a well earned 
rest. 

Jim Fairman is more than a logical 
successor to Doc. Steinman on the 
Hoard of Examiners. He is ideally suited 
for the honored position, having been 
closely associated with the movement 
that raised the profession to the position 
it enjoys today. Jim has lived the P.E. 
story. He is the man for the team that 
has the great responsibility of adminis- 
tering the all important laws governing 
the practice of professional engineering 
in New York State. 

We salute Doc. Steinman and Jim 
Fairman, both Fellow Members of long 
standing in the Brooklyn Engineers 
Club, for the credit reflected upon our 
organization. 

In addition to the citation presented 
by the New York State Society of Pro- 
fessional Engineers to Dr. David B. 
Steinman on the occasion of his retire- 
ment from the Board of Examiners of 
Professional Engineers and Land Sur- 
veyors, the Doctor is the recipient of a 
more recent award. 

On October 5, 1953, the University of 
Ghent, Belgium, conferred upon him the 
honorary degree of Doctor. The hood, 
diploma and medal, symbolic of this 
degree, are being forwarded. Dr. Stein- 
man was represented at the ceremonies 
by Dorothy Moore Deflandre, Assistant 
Cultural Officer in the Foreign Service 
of the United States at Brussels, Bel- 
gium. 



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By D. 8. STEINMAN 



HE star-shaped snowflakes softly fall 
To deck each bough with sparkling white. 
With magic wand the stars are hung 
Like jewels of celestial light. 

The treetop holds, as crowning gem, 
The glowing Star of Bethlehem! 

Once shepherds saw the wondrous Light; 

Beside a crib they knelt in prayer. 
The humblest hearth now glows with Love 
Because His gift — o Child — is there! 
The angel voices sing again: 
Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men! 



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Vol. 39 FOURTH QUARTERLY ISSUE 1953 



Engineers Honor Dr. Stein man for a 
Ouarter-Ckxtvry of Professional Leadership 

On Friday evening, October 2, at the Fall Convention of the 
New York State Society of Professional Engineers held at Bear 
Mountain Inn, a testimonial dinner was given by the Society in 
honor of Dr. David B. Steinman, M.M.E.N.Y., world-famous 
bridge engineer of New York City, to mark a quarter-century of 
his outstanding leadership and dedication in self-sacrificing service 
for the profession and the public. 

The immediate occasion was Dr. Steinman's retirement from 
his office and membership on the State Board of Examiners for 
Professional Engineers, on which he had served with distinction 
for more than 24 years. The celebration in his honor also marked 
his completion of 25 years of leadership of the State Society during 
which period he also founded the National Society of Professional 
Engineers and helped to secure the enactment and strengthening 
of Engineers Registration Laws, in state after state, for the pro- 
tection of the public and for the advancement of the standards 
and the standing of the engineering profession. 



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THE BOSTON DAILY GLOBE— WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1953 

Brooklyn-Staten Is. Bridge 
Proposed, Engineer Says 



Two of the world's most famous 
bodies of water may soon be 
bridged with tremendous spans, 
Dr. David Barnard Steinman, 
famed bridge engineer of New 
York, said last night. 

One proposed bridge would 
cross th: Narrows in New York 
Harbor from Brooklyn to Staten 
Island, the other would link Italy 
with Sicily over the two-mile gap 
of the Messina Straits. 

Dr. Steinman, noted for his 
work on correcting dangerous os- 
cillations of suspension bridges, 
las* night was awarded the $1000 
William Procter Prize for Scien- 
tific Achievement. 

He was presented the award af- 
ter he had given the annual ad- 
dress of the Scientific Research 
Society of America at the AAAS 
meeting. 

The Narrows Bridge would have 
a main span of 4620 feet. The main 
span of the George Washington 
Bridge is 3500 feet. 

The bridge crossing the Messina 
Straits would have a main span of 
approximately 5000 feet and with 
approaches would be approximate- 
ly two miles long, he said. 

Dr. Steinman. designer or con- 
sultant engineer on many of the 
world's most famous bridges, in- 
cluding the Triborough and Henry 
Hudson Bridges in New York and 
the Deer Isle and Waldo-Hancock 
Bridges in Maine, said he strives 
to have both scientific design and 
artistic design in his great struc- 
tures — "the scientific for greater 



economy and safety" and the artis- 
tic for esthetic reasons. 

At present he is connected with 
the building of the $99,800,000 
Mackinac Straits Bridge in Michi- 
gan, which will be five miles long. 



'Bridge Aerodynamics' 

In his address he told of his 
work in a field he has termed 
Bridge Aerodynamics, "a new 
science," dealing with problems of 
swaying and oscillations of suspen- 
sion bridges. 

He spoke of his intensive work 
in this field, which zoomed into 
importance when the Tacoma Nar- 
rows Bridge collapsed in 1940 by 
"cumulative amplification of oscil- 
lations in a mild gale" four months 
after it was completed. 

"It has required the creation of 
a new science, combining the es- 
sentials of three different fields of 
specialized knowledge — the de- 
flection theory of suspension 
bridges, the mathematical the- 
ory of vibration analysis and the 
science of aerodynamics," he said. 

Dr. Steinman, president of tha 
New York Academy of Science, 
was presented the award by Dr. 
Joseph W. Barker, president of the 
Research Corporation. 

The prize was established by'the 
late William Proctor of Bar Har- 
bor. Among -previous recipients 
were Dr. Karl T. Compton. chair- 
man of the corporation of M. I. T.. 
and Dr. Shields Warren of the 
Cancer Research Institute, New 
England Deaconess Hospital. 



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Dr. Steinman Wins 
Scientific Prize 

The William Procter Prize for 
Scientists Achievement last 
night was awarded Dr. David 
Barnard Steinman of New York, 
bridge engineer, at the Scien- 
tific Research Society dinner in 
Hotel Statler. 

The $1000 award was estab- 
lisher by the late William Proc 
ter of Bar Harbor, Me., a found- 
er of the society. Winners in 
past years have included such 
famous scientists as Dr. Karl T. 
Compton, corporation chairman 
of M.I.T.; Dr. Shields Warren 
of the Cancer Research Insti- 
tute, New England Deaconess 
Hospital, and Dr. Ernest O. 
Lawrence, Nobel Prize winner 
and University of California 
scientist. 

Dr. Steinman has designed or 
engineered some of the world's 
greatest bridges, including the 
Waldo-Hancock and Deer Isle 
bridges in Maine, the Charter 
Oak bridge at Hartford, Ct., and 
the Tri-Borough and Henry Hud- 
son bridges in New York. 



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Dreams+Steel+YouthzzrOne Bridge 

Student's Old Thesis Becomes the Lofty Henry Hudson 







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Viewed from Baker Field the Henry Hudson Bridge looms in the background, 
monument to a student's dream. 



The Henry Hudson Bridge, 
spanning Spuyten Duyvil creek 
from Manhattan to the Bronx, 
stands as a monument to a stu- 
dent's dream of success. 

When the Columbia - Rutgers 
football fans at Baker Field today 
look westward to the towering 
span they will see the result of 
a Columbia engineering student's 
thesis come to life. 

David B. Steinman, a builder of 
bridges on five continents and 
currently director of the renova- 
tion of Brooklyn Bridge, designed 
the Henry Hudson Bridge in 1909 
as the thesis for his master's de- 
gree in civil engineering at' Co 
lumbia. 



Filed and Forgotten. 

The thesis, having earned its 
designer the mark of 100 percent, 
was filed away and forgotten. 
Dr. Steinman went on to earn his 
Ph.D. in civil engineering and 
later took a Job designing eleva- 
ted structures for the city's 
transit system. 

It was 25 years later, after he 
had set up his own ' consulting 
firm, that he "was asked to design 
a bridge for the same spot over 
Spuyten Duyvil. Out came the 
student's thesis, which called for 
a two-deck steel arch bridge. 
Won Award in 1936. 

"My early thinking on the 
aesthetic design of the bridge, 



reinforced and matured by the 
subsequent years- of application, 
came in good stead," Dr. Stein- 
man says. • Completed in 1936, 
the structure was honored in the 
annual artistic bridge awards for 
that year. 

Depression • seasoned bankers 
who financed the span were fear- 
ful of the financial success of a 
toll bridge and decided the width 
should be cut in two. But Dr. 

Steinman provided for the upper 
deck and one month after the 
bridge opened traffic was so 
heavy he was ordered to com- 
plete it 



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THE NEW YORK STATE SOCIETY ■§ 

0F In 

PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS ^ 



Presents this 
CITATION 
to 

DAVID B. STEINMAN, P. E. 

In recognition of his distinguished and dedicated service for almost 
a quarter of a century, 1929-1953, as a member of the Board of Examiners 
of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors of the State of New York, of 
which he alBO served as Chairman, 1933-35, 19^1-^3* 19^5-^7. 

While establishing an international reputation as a Consulting 
Engineer, he has drawn unstintingly on his great capacities and energies 
to share his uncommon professional, technical, and intellectual acumen in 
the service of the Board of Examiners, as well as for the advancement of 
Professional Engineering throughout the length and hreadth of our Land. 

During this period he also served with distinction as President of 
our State Society, 1930-33, and as a founder and first President of our 
National Society of Professional Engineers, 193U-36,, 

A Gentleman, Scholar, Educator, Soldier, Inventor and Author, he has 
been the recipient of many international honors and awards, and many 
honorary degrees have been conferred on him. 

This Citation is presented to Engineer Steinman on the occasion of 
his retirement from the Board of Examiners as a symbol of our Society's 
highest esteem and deep gratitude. 



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American Bridge 

w nnel and Turnpike Association, Inc. 



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Mackinac Straits Bridge 

The sale by the Mackinac Bridge Au- 
thority of its S99.800.000 issue of Bridge 
Revenue Bonds marked the beginning of 
final realization of this massive project 
to bridge the deep waters of the Straits of 
Mackinac separating the Upper and Low- 
er Peninsulas of the State of Michigan. It 
is also a tribute to the faith and determi- 
nation of former U. S. Senator Prentiss M. 
Brown, chairman of the Bridge Authority. 
Senator Brown persisted in efforts to com- 
plete financing at this time in the face of 
pessimistic estimates on all sides. 

The bridge will cross the Straits of 
Mackinac from Mackinaw Point on the 
Lower Peninsula, directly northward to 



St. Ignace on the Upper Peninsula (March 
Quarterly). It will be the longest sus- 
pension bridge in the world between an- 
chorages — 8,614 feet — and the main span 
will be 3,800 feet long, second only to the 
4200 ft. main span of the Golden Gate 
Bridge at San Francisco. It will be 68 feet 
wide and carry 4 lanes of traffic and a 
pedestrian walk. In addition there will be 
8.267 feet of approach roads and viaduct 
structures for an overall project length 
of about 5 1/4 miles. 

$70,235,000 Contracts Awarded 

Contracts awarded by the Bridge Au- 
thority last March, pending successful 
financing arrangements, will now cost $70, 
235,000. $25,735,000 will be for sub- 




Proposed Mackinac Straits Bridge will cross a gorge 300 feet deep. Dis- 
cussed since 1880, it will cut crossing time between the Upper and Lower 
Michigan Peninsulas from 53 minutes to 10. Designer is D. B. Steinman. 



structure work involving construction of 
34 water piers varying from 50 feet to 
200 feet below mean water level; steel 
superstructure work including 9,304 feet 
of varying length truss beams and the 
8,614 foot suspension bridge, will cost 
§44,500,000. This totals to an increase of 
over §4,000,000 since last spring. About 
54,500,000 will go for approaches, road- 
ways, buildings and similar work. Orders 
for steel have already been let and con- 
struction should be under way in March. 
Target date for bridge opening is Nov- 
ember 1, 1957. 

A four-member group headed by Allen & 
Co., and including Union Securities Corp. 
A. C. Allyn.fc Co., and Stifel, Nicolaus & 
Co., bid 96.0501 for $79,800,000 of 4 per- 
cent, Series A, and $20,000,000 of 5 % per- 
cent Series B bonds. The maturity date is 
January 1, 1994 but traffic and revenue 
estimates have indicated they may be re- 
tired about ten years before that date. A 
syndicate of more than 250 firms is being 
organized to handle the issues. It is ex- 
pected Series A will be offered in the 
market about January 14, 1954 while 
Series B will be held by the underwriters. 
The bonds are secured solely by bridge 
revenues which will also pay the costs of 
operation, maintenance and repair of the 
bridge, excepting that the State of Michi- 
gan has passed legislation to pay yearly 
nfaintenance costs of up to $417,000 from 
state highway department funds. It is esti- 
mated that this cost will run about $390,- 
000 in the first year. 

Bridge revenues are expected to be 
about 55,935,000 during 1958, climbing 
up to over $16,700,000 a year by 1993. 
Tolls will average about S2.60 per vehicle; 
a passenger car and driver paying $2.00, 
plus 25^ for each passenger. 

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is com- 
posed of Senator Prentiss M. Brown, chair- 
man, and members Mead L. Bricker, Wil- 
liam J. Coleman. Charles T. Fisher, Jr., 
George A. Osborn, Murray D. Van Wag- 
oner and state highway commissioner 
Charles M. Ziegler. Secretary of the Auth- 
ority is Lawrence A. Rubin. 

Dr. D. B. Steinman is designer of the 
bridge and will supervise construction. 
Associated with him is Glenn B. Wood- 
ruff. Coverdale and Colpitts are consul- 
tants on traffic and revenue studies. 



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Reprinted from the December 1953 QUARTERLY #~ 



the transit 

of Chi Epsilon 

National Civil Engineering Honor Fraternity 




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DR. DAVID B. STEINMAN. recipient of 
nine honorary degrees during the. past 
commencement season, is seen viewing 
an artist's drawing of the bridge he 
designed to span the two-mile-wide 
Strait of Messina between Sicily and 
the Italian mainland. 



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Volume 25 • FALL, 1953 • Number 2 



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BULLETIN 



OF THE 

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC 
INSTITUTE 

Engineering Experiment Station Series No. 84 




PART 1 

PIPELINE BRIDGE STABILIZED WITH 
DIAGONAL ROPE STAYS 



PART 2 

WIND TUNNEL MODEL TESTS OF 
COOSA RIVER PIPELINE BRIDGE 



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Five New Gateway Books 

Are launched in 1953 

T^rATEWAYBooKsmaketheirappearanceinjhe 

^elve-year-olds about^ ies {or 

me ntof man'sstruggle tobu^ldbet ^ 

travel and "T^^nH* new Gateway 
Exciting, colorful,authentctn 

Books tell of the tramportauon^nd c 

tio n gateways of ^g^T^SSS go^ds. . . . 

wh ich flow the world s people ana i 6 

The railroad te-maU th-g^ch^ g 

sengers and freight "*" 

roads and shipping lanes ™«' ^ har . 

Whether they are natural g^Z like the 
u ~t Wmur Kone or man-made gateways n*c 
bor of Hong ^ n S ^ ner ve centers 

Pol ar arrpon oJThuk, *ey ^ 

Tawing interdependence of xt, people. 







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CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY 



a poem 
By D. B. STEINMAN 



Reprinted from the 
December 1954 issue of 



PARTNERS 



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Dr. Steinman Commencement 
Speaker At MCMT, Houghton 

bridge engineer and scientist, whose at 2:30 p.m. on May 23. 

genius lies behind the proposed 

Straits of Mackinac Bridge, will 

deliver the commencement address 

at the Michigan College of Mining 

and Technology, according to Dr. 

Grover C. Dillman, president of 

the college. 

Dr. Steinman has designed and 
built over 300 bridges on five con- 
tinents, and six of his bridges have 
been honored in the Annual Artistic 
Bridge awards for the most beauti- 
ful bridges in America. He has re- 
ceived numerous honors and a- 
wards from engineering and scien- 
tific bodies in this country and 
abroad, including ten honorary 
doctorates, as well as a number 
of decorations and honors from 
foreign countries. Dr. Steinman has 
achieved recognition as an engineer, 
scientist, mathematician, artist, in- 
ventor, bridge-builder, educator, 
lecturer, author, poet, and human- 
itarian. 

Michigan Tech expects to grad- 
uate 218 seniors this year as well as qtfinihan 
to tender 15 advanced degrees. The DR. STEINMAN 

Reprinted from the April 2*. 1954 Issue of The Evening News, Mult Ste. M.rle, Michigan 




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universitA internazionale degli studi sociali 

FACOLTA DI SCIENZE ECONOMICHE E COMMERCIAL! 



INDIRIZZO PER LE CARRIERE PRODUTTIVE 

ROMA - Via Castelfidardo, 47 



MANIFESTAZIONI CELEBRATIVE DEL PRIMO DECENNIO 
DELLE ATTIVITA ACCADEMICHE 



PRIMO FORUM INTERNAZIONALE SUL NUOVO 
dell'iniziativa PRIVATA : 



DINAMISMO 



"L'INVESTIMENTO PRIVATO ITALO - AMERICANO NEL 
PONTE CALABRO-SICULO E NECESSARIO PER IL PRO- 
GRESSO ECONOMICO-SOCIALE DEL MEZZOGIORNO?,, 



Hanno parlato nel Forum In- 
ternazionale del 6 luglio, alle 
ore 18: nell'Aula Magna del 
PONTTFICIO AtENEO AnGELICUH 
Salita del Grillo, 1 - Roma: il 
Dr. Ing. D. B. STEINMAN 
di New York, ideatore e pro- 
motore del piu grande ponte 
del mondo aullo Stretto di Mes- 
sina ; S. E. TOn.le SALVA- 
TORE ALDISIO, promot re 
dello sviluppo autonomo della 
Regione Siciliana ; il Dr. Ing. 
MARIO PALMIERI e Dr. 
ANDREW FARNESEdi 
Philadelphia. 




Per onorare una lunga vita 
totalmente dedicata al trionfo 
di una idca.i! Rettore ha con- 
segnato, in questa occasione, 
al Dr. Ing. D. B. STEINMAN, 
Master of Arts (professore di 
ingegneria civile) e Philoso- 
phiae Doctor dell'Universita 
Columbia di New York 
UN DIPLOMA DI BENE- 
MERENZA CON MEDAGLIA 
D'ORO. 



L'ALTERNATIVA DEL REALISMO SOCIALE : 
UN NUOVO DINAMISMO DELL'INIZIATIVA PRIVATA 

del M. R. P. Felix A. Mormon 0. P. 

La causa profonda del eomunismo in Italia nan e la miseria materiale, bensi 
un fenomeno di passivismo e pessimismo sociale. Sempre inventivi ed abili a 
cavarsela nei fatti individual], troppi italiani hanno preso l'abitudine di piegarsi 
davanti ai fatti sociali: « non e mio compito, aspettiamo che il Governo faccia 
qualcosa! ». 

L'alternativa piu rumorosa e dunque divenuta un sempre piu ampio riget- 
tare le responsabilita sociali sullo Stato anonimo ed una tentazione sempre piu 
diffusa di sottrarsi alle proprie personali responsabilita davanti al bene sociale. 
Anche i dirigenti politici sono coscienti del fatto che, piu deH'agnosticismo po- 
litico, e l'immobilismo economico e soc'ale che potrebbe portare alia tragica ca- 
pitolazione davanti alio statalismo lotalitario del comunismo. 

La lotta contro l'alternativa comunis.a e socialista non si puo vincere con 
soli trattati e discorsi perche i denu:goghi, specializzati nel dipingere paradisi 
prefabbricati nell'imniaginazione e nel demolire risultati raggiunti nella realta 



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SUSPENSION BRIDGES- 
TEE AERODYNAMIC PROBLEM 
AND ITS SOLUTION 



by 



D. B. STEINMAN 

Consulting Engineer 



Reprinted fmtii 

The Municipal Engineers Journal 

Vol. 40 FIRST QUARTERLY ISSUE 1954 







Published quarterly by 

THE MUNICIPAL ENGINEERS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 

29 West 39th Street, New York City 






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opemg of 
modernized brooklyn bridge 



MAY 3, 1954 



Reprinted from 

The Municipal Engineers Journal 

Vol. 40. SECOND QUARTERLY ISSUE 1954 




Published quarterly by 

THE MUNICIPAL ENGINEERS OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK 

29 West 39th Street, New York City 



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Suspension Bridges: 

The Aerodynamic Problem 
and Its Solution 



By D. B. STEINMAN 

CONSULTING ENGINEER 
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 



Presented as the Annual Address of the Scientific Research 
Society of America at the 1953 Annual Meeting of the Ameri- 
can Association for the Advancement of Science, in Boston. 



Awarded the 1953 William Procter Prize for 

Scientific Achievement by the Scientific Research 

Society of America, on December 29, 1953. 



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AN ADDRESS 

by 

DAVID BARNARD STEINMAN 







Reprinted from ^8 #5l 
"Who's Who in Engineering" 
7th Edition-— 1954 



STEINMAN, David Barnard, Com. Engr., 117 
Liberty St, N. Y. City; res. .305 Riverside 
Drive, N. Y. City. 
Bridge Engr.; b. N. Y. City, June 11, 1886; ed. 
C. C. N. Y., B.S. (summa com laude), 1906; 
awarded 12 medals and 3 yra. fellowship in Mechs. ; 
Columbia Univ. Sch. Engrg., C.E., 1909; awarded 
2 yra. scholarships in Applied Sci. ; Columbia 
Univ., A.M., 1909; awarded 1 yr. grad. scholarship 
in engrg.; Ph.D., Columbia Univ., 1911; mem. 
Fbi Beta Kappa; m. N. Y. City, 1915, Irene 
Hoffman ; ch. : John Francis, Alberta, David. 
Miscel. engrg. wk., 1906-10; cons. engr. A prof. 
C. E., Univ. Ida., 1910-14; apt aaat to Guitav 
Lindentbal, on Hell Gate Arch Bridge, N. Y. 
City, and other bridges, 1914-17; prof. C E. & 
M. E., C. C. N. Y., 1917-20; cons, engr., bridge 
wk., 1920 to date, incl. bridges at: Florianopolia 
(Brazil) suspension (largest bridge in S. A.) ; 
Carquinez Strait (Calif.; cantilever; Mt. Hope 
(Bristol, R. I.) ; Waldo-Hancock (Penobscot Riv., 
Me.) ; Grand'Mere (Que.) ; St. Johns (Portland, 
Ore.) ; Sky Ride & Obs. Towera, 1933 Chicago 
Ezpn. ; Triborough; Henry Hudson (N. Y. City) 
arch; Thousand Islands (joining U, S. and Cana- 
da) ; Deer Isle (Maine) ; Marine Parkway (N. Y. 
City) ; Vancouver (B. C.) ; Deegan Blvd. Express 
Hwy., N. Y. C. 1945-50; Martin Pena Channel 
Bridge, P. R. 1950-51; Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge 
over Hudson River, N. Y. ; reconstrn. of old 
Brooklyn Bridge, N. Y. 1948-53; Rte 4 Pkway. 
and Rte. 4 Bridges, N. J. ; proposed bridge across 
Messina Strait, Italy; Mackinac Straits Bridge, 
Mich. 1950-53; Raritan River Bridge, N. J.; 
reconstrn. of Manhattan Bridge, N. Y. ; and 
others in 5 continents; lecturer on bridge dea. at 
many colls, and univs. Awards and honors: Silver 
scroll from 11 engrg. socs, for contributions to 
advancement of engrg. 1932 ; Thomas Fitch Row- 
land Prize, Am. Soc C. E. 1929; J. James R. 
Croea Medal, Am. Soc. C. E. 1919; Norman Med- 
al, Am. Soc. C. E. 1923 and 51 ; Artistic Bridge 
Awards Am. Inst. Steel Constrn. 1930, 32, 37. 
38, 39, 42; Townsend Harris Medal 1934 and 
Alumni Service Medal 1936 from Assoc. Alumni 
of C. C. N. Y.; Alfred T. White Prize. Brook- 
lyn Engrs. Crab 1934; Prize for Vow of Svc, 
adopted for engrg. profn.. Am. Assn. Engrs. 1926; 



medal for outstanding civic contbn. (reconstrn. of 
Bklyn. Bridge) by Greater N. Y. Civic Center 
Assn. and 55 chtic archtl. and scientific orgns. 
1950; highest award of N. S. P. E. 1952; testi- 
monial Scroll by Alumni and Friends of Madison 
House 1952; Distinguished Service Scroll, Nat 
Council State Bda. of Engrg. Examiners 1949; 
Cert of Cooperation, TJ. S. Mutual Security 
Agency 1952; Eloy Alfaro Croaa, Republic of 
Panama; Hon. D. C. E., Univ. Bologna, Italy 
1953; D. Sc, Minerva Univ., Italy 1953; Hon. 
D. Sc. Univ. Ghent (Belgium) 1953; hon. mem. 
Free French War Veterans; Croaa of Comdr., 
Grand Prix Humanitare de Belgique 1952; Croaa 
of Knight of the Order de Chaveliera de la Croix 
de Lorraine, Paris 1952; Hon. Companion of 
the Resistance of the Order des Chevaliers de 
la Croix de Lorraine et des Compagnona de la 
Resistance, Paris 1952; hon. mem. Legion Beige; 
Knight Comdr. (with Star) of the Order of the 
Gold Cross of the Mil. Chapter of Cyprua and 
Jerusalem, Rome 1952 (founded 1199 A. D.) ; 
hon. mem. Accademia di Filologia Classica, Rome, 
1952. Author of a number of books on bridge 
constrn.; number of treatises and tech. papers, 
1911 to date; contbr. to Encyclopedia Britannica, 
Encyclopedia Americana, Colliers Encyclopedia; 
num. arts, in A. S. C. E. Trans, and other engrg. 
jours. ; profl. writings translated into for. langs. 
Prea. Am. Assn. Engrs. 1925-26, life mem., chmn. 
Civic Com., N. Y. Chapt. 1926-27, EdnL Com. 
1926-27; founder and prea. Natl. Soc. Profl. 
Engrs. 1934-36; pres. Natl. Council State Bda. of 
Engrg. Exams., 1931-32, v.p. 1930-31, chmn. Com. 
of Exams. 1930-33; pres. N. Y. State Soc 
Profl. Engrs. 1930-33, chmn. Bd. 'of Tr. 1933-43, 
1948-49, life mem. ; chmn. N. Y. State Bd. of 
Exams, for Profl. Engra. 1933-35, 1941-43, 1945- 
47, vice chmn. 1952-53 ; chmn. Struct Div., Am. 
Soc C. E. 1931-33, chmn. Local Mem. Com. 
1929-37, mem. Exec Bd., Struct Div. 1929-34, 
Publns. Com., Struct. Div. 1930-32, Com. on Steel 
1929-31, chmn. Profl. Relations Com., N. Y. Sect 
1934-41, v. chmn. 1950-51, chmn. 1951-52 Com. 
on Reg. of Engrs.; v. chmn. N. Y. State Bd. of 
Licensing for Profl. Engrs. and Land Surveyors 
1931-33, mem. 1930-41; mem. Exec. Com., En- 
grs. Council for Profl. Devel. 1933-39, Com. on 
Profl. Recognition 1933-41 ; founder and pres., Am, 
Toll Br. Assn. 1932-34; prea. N. Y. Acad, of 
Sci. 1952-53, life fellow, mem. Council 1951-53; 
chmn. U. S. Council of Internat Assn. of Br. & 
Struct. Engrs. 1950-51; chmn. N. Y. State, Nat 
Com. for Trade Recovery 1933-34; prea. Pan 
Am. Public Works, Inc.; v.p. Tioga-Nichols Br. 
Co., Smithboro Br. Co. ; dir. Independence Br. 



"Co., Interboro Br. Co. Mem. Com. on Bridge 
Legislation, Am. Engrg. Council 1930-34; mem. 
Engrg. Inst of Canada, Am. Ry. Engrg. Assn., 
A. Si T. M., Am Concrete Inst, Am. Mil. 
Engrs., Munic. Engrs. of N. Y., A. S. E. E., S. 
A. E., Am. Math. Soc, Acad. PoKt Sci., Corp. 
of Profl. Engra. of Prov. of Que., Profl. Engrs. 
of Ore., Aran, of Profl. Engrs. of Prov. of B. C, 
Brooklyn Soc. of Engra., Internat Aasn. of 
Navigation Congresses, N. Y. Good Rds. Assn., 
Municipal Art Soc, Nat Organizing Com. of 
Freedom Internat., Soc for the Preservation of 
Covered Bridges, Public Works Com. of N. Y. 
Soc of Archts.; life fellow. Royal Soc of Arta 
(England); fellow, Aerial League of Am., Am. 
Geog. Soc, A. A. A. S. ; hon. mem. Society dea 
Ingenieurs Professionale (France), Association 
pour le Developpement de l'Electromechanique et 
de l'Electrometallurgie (France), Ohio Soc Profl. 
Engrs., Tex. Soc Profl. Engra., Ky. Soc. Profl. 
Engrs., Hudson Co. Soc Profl. Engra., Ida. Soc. 
Profl. Engrs. (life). Union County Chapt. of N. 
J. Soc Profl. Engrs., Erie Co. (N. Y.) Chapt 
Profl. Engrs., Archt & Engrs. Alliance. Reg. 
Profl. Engr., N. Y., Ohio, la., Nebr., Me., 111., 
Conn., Ore., W. Va., B. C, Que, and Ont. 
Clubs: Brooklyn Engra. (prea. 1931-33, v.p. 1930- 
31, chmn. Meetings & Papers Com. 1929-31), N. 
Y. Chapt. Phi Beta Kappa (prea. 1933-34), Co- 
lumbia Univ.; Phi Beta Kappa Associates (life 
mem.), "Ends of the Earth," Engrs. (New York), 
Millions Club of Sydney, Australia (hon. mem.), 
Nat. Travel Club; Chi Epsilon (nat hon. mem. 
1950), Columbia Univ. Chapt. of Sigma Xi (elect- 
ed 1951), Tau Beta Pi (hon. mem.), Sigma Alt 
(hon. mem.). Mem. Nat Council. Nat Ec 
League 1933-40; Nat Pub. Housing Conf. Ex 
Com.; Bus. Men's Group, N. Y. Soc for Ethical 
Culture 1925-27; pres., chmn. Bd. of Tr., Madison 
House Settlement 1926-27; mem. Assoc. Alumni, 
C. C. N. Y. (v.p. 1930-31, 1949-50, dir. 1929- 
36, 1947-49); hon. mem. Tech. Alumni, C. C. 
N. Y. ; mem. Engra. Council of the City Coll. 
Alumni (founder & dir.) ; mem. Cooper Union 
Alumni Assn. ; mem. Nat Com. for Columbia 
Univ. School of Engrg. ; mem. Columbia Associ- 
ates, Columbia Univ. ; hon. mem. Internat. Facul- 
ty, Univ. of Andhra (India) ; fellow, Research 
Council, Emerson Univ. ; mem. Colegio de In- 
genieros de P. R. ; hon. v.p. and mem. Ad via. 
Com. Laymen's Nat. Comtn. Maj., Corps of En- 
grs., N. Y. State Guard; hon. mem., Internat. 
Inst. Am. Ideals; hon. mem. French Folklore 
Soc. ; life mem., Soc. des Amis d'Andre-Marie 
Ampere (Fr.) ; charter mem.. The Patroons of 
Rensselaer; mem. N. Y. State Assoc Architects. 



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DECEMBER 1954 

Volume Twenty-four, Number Twelve 



Dr. D. B. Steinman, P.E., 
NSPE's founder and first presi- 
dent, is, as well as an outstanding 
engineer, a poet and writer of 
ability, and there are two docu- 
ments on this page to prove it. 
The poem which appears is by 
the Doctor and below we print 
excerpts from a speech he gave 
before the Michigan College of 
Mining and Technology. You will 
enjoy both. 



CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY 
By D. B. Steinman, P.E. 

On Christmas eve I crossed a bridge 

That links two lands in amity. 
No barrier stands across the span; 

Instead my heart rejoiced to see 
A portal arch of balsam boughs 

To spell once more, in soft blue light, 
The ageless words of peace and hope 

That shepherds heard one starry night. 

Afar I heard the church bells ring 

And saw the twinkling lights aglow; 
A peaceful gladness filled the air 

As on that night of long ago; 
And now, to join the symphony. 

The span and towers, soaring high, 
Are like a star-strung frame of song, 

A gleaming harp against the sky. 

Both dreams of man invoke the stars: 

The bridge of faith, the prayerful spire, 
Both give their anthems to the world, 

To ring out with the heavenly choir; 
And as their music thrills my soul, 

I hear the angel-song again, 
The blessed tidings of great joy: 

"Peace on earth, good will to men." 



... The world needs the college- 
trained minds of men and women in 
planning and building for the future ! 

It is the college-trained mind that 
is equipped for leadership in these 
days of vexing economic and social 
problems. 

We are living in a rapidly changing 
world. 

More vividly, intensely, and uni- 
versally than any prior age, our gen- 
eration has found itself living in a 
world of rapid and continual change, 
vith the changes coming at increasing 
-urgency and tempo. 

An important necessity of life in a 
changing world js leadership. Hu- 



manity is troubled, confused, per- 
plexed. We are beset by strange ideolo- 
gies, class hatreds, political dema- 
gogues, pressure groups, official cor- 
ruption, economic illiteracy, and 
crooked thinking. Leaders are needed 
— practical men and women of vision, 
trained to think straight, to plan, to 
organize, to direct, to unify, to inspire. 
Professional men and women, by per- 
sonality, character, education and life- 
work, are natural leaders. Their 
straight thinking, their organizing 
ability, and their leadership are 
needed — in their professions, in their 
communities, and in national life. The 
world has a right to look to profession- 
al men for leadership. 

In order that college-trained men 
and women may take their proper 
place as leaders of their fellowmen, 
it is important that their educational 
equipment be broader than the strict- 
ly prescribed limits of technology. 

The late Dr. Gano Dunn, distin- 
guished engineer and educator, elo- 
quently expressed the need for a 
broader education for the professional 
man — in these words: 

"If his training neglects the great 
human mirrors of history and 
languages; if his heart and mind 
are insensible to the great social 
forces; if he but feebly develops the 
subtle qualities of character that 
make for personality, his career is 
limited, no matter how much science 
he knows." 

Professional education, in building 
for the world of tomorrow, will have 
to be geared to this requirement of 
equipping men and women for vision 
and leadership. 

Finally, in a world of flux and con- 
fusion, when men are swayed by 
selfishness and fears, when the finer 
human instincts are derided and dis- 
paraged, and when we see all around 
us the decay of moral and ethical 
standards, there is a crying need for 
men with ideals.' 

A professional career is inherently 
founded on certain ideals — the ideals 



of vision, character, honesty, and 
service to humanity. Professional 
men and women, by their education 
and their Iifework, are selectively 
qualified to uphold and exemplify 
such ideals in their life, in their work, 
and in their relations with their fel- 
low men. 

An important element in life is 
loyalty. Our lives are shaped by our 
loyalties — to our family, our friends, 
our school, our church, our profes- 
sion, our community, our country — 
but one loyalty I would place high on 
the list is loyalty to our youthful 
ideals. Only by loyalty to our ideals 
can we keep our lives straight. And 
only by holding to our goal of inspira- 
tion can we scale the heights. 

In conclusion, there is one thought 
I want to leave with you. It is sum- 
marized in a single word — consecra- 
tion. By that I mean all that goes into 
the feeling that our works live after 
us — that we are building not for our- 
selves but for posterity. 

The great master builders who pre- 
ceded us dreamed their dreams and 
wrought their dreams — giving health, 
strength, and even life itself — as the 
price of achievement. Profiting by our 
heritage from the pioneers, we are 
tackling even greater tasks. Whatever 
we may accomplish will in turn be 
eclipsed by those who follow after us. 
In whatever we do — in whatever 
we build — beyond the stone and the 
steel, the calculations and the plans — 
the one priceless ingredient is the spirit 
of consecration. That includes the 
qualities of vision, devotion, inspira- 
tion, and integrity. 

The whole thought is beautifully ex- 
pressed in the words of John Ruskin : 

"Therefore when we build, let us 
think that we build forever. Let it not 
be our present delight, nor for present 
use alone. Let it be such work as our 
descendants will thank us for, and let 
us think, as we lay stone upon stone, 
that a time is to come when those 
stones will be held sacred because our 
hands have touched them, and that 
men will say, as they look upon the 
labor and wrought substance of them, 
'See, this our fathers did for us.' " 



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The above medal, especially designed and minted to lionor Dr. David B. Stein- 
man, was presented to Iiim during a recent European visit by the Professional 
Engineers of France. The face of the medal shows the likeness of Dr. Steinman: 
the reverse side shows a perspective of his design for the Messina Straits Bridge 
which will be the longest span in the world. 



Reprinted from American Engineer 

November, 1954, issue 

Washington, D. C. 






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TECHNIQUE APPLIQUEE 
FCVRIER 1954 




Rapports presentes au Congres International des Ingenieurs Professionals 

(Paris, les 13. 14 et 15 Novembre 1953) 

Activites des Ingenieurs Professionnels 

aux Etats-Unis d'Amerique 

par le D David B STEIN MAN 

Inginieur-Conseil, President de I'Acudfrnie des Sciences de NeurYork 
President general de VVnion Internationale des Ingenieurs Professionnels 
Fondatcur et Premier President de la SociiU Rationale des Ingdnieurs Professionnels ' {V S 4 ) 



Aux Etats-Unis d'Amerique les Ingenieurs 
Professionnels occupent, dans l'opinion 
pubMque, une position estimable et de tout 
premier rang. 

Des lois d'immatriculation pour les In- 
genieurs Professionnels sont roaintenant 
entrees en vigueur dans tous les 48 Etals, 
y compris le district de Columbia et sur 
tout le lerriloire des Etats-Unis. Grace a 
ces lois sur rimmatriculation, la legislation 
et l'opinion publique ont admis que le 
nielier d'ingenieur est une profession, une 
profession savante et que le metier d'ingfi- 
uieur est une profession bien dijinie. 

Les conditions standard requises pour 
l'imimatriculalion oomprennent : une bon- 
ne mora'.ite, l'instruction et l'experience 
profcssionnelles, la r6ussitc aux exaimens 
Merits. 

II y a Triaintenant plus de 190.000 Inge- 
nieurs Professionnels limimatricules aux 
Etats-Unis. En outre, il y a plus de 40.000 
Ingenieurs dipldmes, rnais accomplissant 
des stages de pcrfoctionnoment. II s'agit de 

personnes possedant lcur dipldme, ayant 
passe avec succes les examens prcliiminaires 
pour rimmatriculation, mais qui attendent 
d'avoir termine leUr stage de quatre an- 
nees de perfectionnemenl avant d'etre ad- 
mises a l'ex»men final qui leur conferera 
le titre d'ingenieur Professionnel. 

Dans cliaquc Etat, rimmatriculation des 
Ingenieurs Professionnels et des ingenieurs 
stngiaires est supervisee par un Comity 
d'Etat d'immfltriculalion pour examina- 
leurs professionnels, on par un Comile 
d'Etat d'inptfnieurs exani : nateurs. Le tra- 
vail de ces 52 Comites d'Etat est unifie et 
coordonne par un ConseiJ National des Co- 
mites d'Etat d'ingenieurs exasninaleurs. 

En 1934, a pros avoir pos6 les bases solides 
de notre Association dans l'Etal de New- 
York, nous avons envisage autre chose. 
Nous avons reve d'une organisation natio- 
nale pour tous les ingenieurs, cr6ee par 
lous les ingenieurs, consacree a une gran- 
de cause, e'est-a-dire a une profession d'in- 
genieur definic, integree et unificc. 

J'cus le privilege de lancer 1'appel pour 
la premiere reunion d 'organisation et 
d'etre le Premier President de la Societe 
Nationale des Ingenieurs Professionnels 
qui venait de naltre. Je me suis consacre 
a cetle tSche de tout mon cceur, de toute 
ma force, de tout inon temps libre. Au 



cours des annees suivantes, j'ai parcouru 
des miUiers et des milliers de kilometres 
a travers tout le.pays, du Maine au Texas, 
a imes propres frais et pendant mes heu- 
res de liberie, prenant la parole devant 
des reunions d'ingenieurs, de corps legis- 
lalifs, au cours de reunions publiques et 
de congres, preconisant le vote de lois sur 
1'immatriculation, organisant des ftouvel- 
les soci£t<Ss dans les differents Etats et 
prfichant l'evangile de rimmatriculation 
des ingenieurs, de la conscience profes- 
sionnelle et du service public. 

La sentence que nous avons repandue a 
pris racine, a pousse et donn6 des fruits. 
Nous possesions maintenant une Sociile 
Nationale groupant 30.000 .memhros, avec 
39 socictcs d'Etats membres, 300 Sections 
locales et 3.000 Comites d'ingenieurs. Tous 
ces organismes ceuvrent pour I'avancenient 
de la profession d'ingenieur et pour les 
ideaux les plus Sieves de service a regard 
du public. 

Et main tenant nous possedons une loi 
puissante et efficace sur rimmatriculation 
en ce qui concerne les ingenieurs, loi 
volee et en vigueur dans tous les Elats 
d'Amerique. Nous avons introduit dans ces 
lots sur l'tmonalriculation des exigences de 
haute competence, y compris des exigences 
rigou reuses quant a la moralile, a l'ins- 
truclion univcrsitaire et professionnelle, 
a la formation et a l'experience, aux 
exaimens ecrits et au comportement de la 
profession. Tout cel a parce que, en tanl 
que membres d'une profession en qui 
Ton a confiance el qui est distinguee en- 
Ire toutes, nous avons conscience de nos 
grandes obligations vis-a-vis du public. 

Nous possedons egalement aux Etats- 
Unis nos SociStsS Nationales Techniques 
— plus de 90 — pour les differcnles bran- 
ches et spocialites de la profession. Nous 
avons des Socieles d'ingenieurs Civils, 
d'ingenieurs Chimistes, d'ingenieurs Ra- 
dio, d'ingenieurs Mccaniciens, d'inge- 
nieurs en Technique sanitaire, d'inge- 
nieurs Eleclriciens, d'ingenieurs des 
Mines, d'ingenieurs de l'Aulomobile, 
d'ingenieurs Agricoles, d'ingenieurs de 
l'Aeronautique, et d'aulrcs en grand nani- 
bre, chacunc consacree a sa propre bran- 
che ou speciality de pratique et de savoir. 

Mais nous possedons UNE SKULE So- 
ciety Nationale d' Ingenieurs Profession- 
nels, unissant tous les ingenieurs pour le 



progres de leurs intSrets communs dans 
i'estime et l'appreciation du public. 

C'est la seule societe existant aux Etats- 
Unis dont peuvent uniquement faire par- 
tie des Ingenieurs Professionnels irruma- 
tricules. C'est la seule socUte aux Etats- 
Unis qui groupe des ingenieurs apparte- 
nant a toutes !es branches de la profes- 
sion. C'est la seule societe aux Etats-Unis 
consacree exclusivoment a des activites 
PROFESSIONNELLES, commie le veulent la 
legislation, les rapports avec le public et 
les statuts de la profession. 

Notre Societe Nationale d'ingenieurs 
Professionnels, nos Socieles d'Etat et nos 
Sections locales sont etroitement inte- 
grees. Le membre d'une unite est en 
meme temps membre de toutes les autres. 
Chaque membre de la Societe Nationale 
est automatiquement un membre de sa 
Societe d'Etat et de sa Section locale. 

GrSoe a nos Jois d'Etat sur rinvmatri- 
culation, 4 nos Socieles d'Etat et a notre 
Societe Nationale d'ingenieurs Profession- 
nels, nous avons fait du metier d'inge- 
nieur une profession definie, integree 
et uniflee. 

Nous elablissons la reconnaissance du 
principe que personne n'est ingenieur s'd 
n'est im.matricule en vertu de la loi sur 

les ingenieurs. 

Nous avons realise de grands progres 
pour an-ater l'abus qui etait fai,t die 
I'appellation d'ingenieur par des person- 
nes non qualifiers, incompetentes et pcu 
scrupuleuses. 

Nous avons fait du titre d'« Ingenieur » 
une appellation honoree et respectee, de- 
finie et ddlraiitee par la loi. El nous 
avons fait de la profession d'ingenieur 
quelque chose d'honore et de respects; 
egalement defini et delimits par la loi. 

Nos roves se sont concretises. iNous; 
avons obtcnu que le public et la legisla- 
tion rcconnaissent la virile fondamentale 
que le metier d'ingenieur est une profes- 
sion, une profession liberate et que cette 
profession est une consecration et une 
vocat : on. 

De plus, nous avons rappele que le 
metier d'ingenieur est base sur des ideaux 
eleves — les ideaux d'imagination crea- 
Irice, de conscience professionnelle, d'in- 
tegrile et de service consacre I l'huma- 
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THEIR SONG LIVES ON 

(Poem of the Week) 
The torch we kindle glows 
beyond the night 
And in the gleam afar we 
live again. 
With starlike rays of kindness, 
love and light, 
We build a heaven in the 
hearts of men. 

We hear ethereal music and 
aspire 
To dwell in beauty where 
the soul is free; 
On wings of love we Join the 
heavenly choir 
Whose anthem rings through 
all eternity. 

They live again whose glow 
made life sublime; 
Their star still shines to lead 
• us toward the goal; 
Their song lives on until the 
end of time 
To make immortal music for 
the soul. 

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THE JOURNAL OF THE ENGINEERING INSTITUTE OF CANADA 






VOLUME 37 MONTREAL, NOVEMBER 1954 NUMBER 11 



Dr. David B. Steinman, M.E.I.C., New 

York consulting engineer, has been re- 
cently honoured with the Legion of 
Honour by the Government of France, 
and with the gold medal by the Gov- 
ernment of Italy. The citation accom- 
panying the French award recorded Dr. 
Steinman's professional achievements 
and his contributions toward strength- 
ening international relations. In the 
presentation of the Italian award to 
Dr. Steinman who has prepared plans 
to span the Strait of Messina to Sicily, 
he was referred to as the "greatest 
bridge designer". The Rev. Felix A. 
Morlion, rector of the International 
Catholic University for Social Studies, 
made the presentation in the name of 
a committee of representative Italians. 



Bridges and Aerodynamics 



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By D. B. STEINMAN 

(Presidential address at the Annual Dinner of the New York Academy of Sciences, 

December 3, 1953) 



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Vol. 21, No. 2 



November 1954 




A CHRISTMAS SLEIGH-RIDE 
By D. B. Steinman 



When love was young and hearts were gay, 
Who minded wintry weather? 

All snugly bundled in the sleigh, 
We sallied forth together. 



When cheeks were flushed and lips were warm, 
Who minded snow-flakes clinging, 

Our joy rang out above the storm, 
In tune with sleigh-bells ringing. 

Through sunset glow and first star-bright, 
What brought the tender yearning? 

We glided home toward candle light 
And warmth of Yule-logs burning. 



Dr. David B. Steinman Says 
Progress Being Made at Straits 



Real progress in every depart- 
ment of the construction of the 
Mackinac Straits Bridge already is 
to be noted, with workmen all over 
the country, as well as at Macki- 
nac, at work on the things needed 
on the giant construction job. 

And not only that, said Dr. David 
B. Steinman, designer of the bridge, 
speaking to the Kiwanis Club of 
Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday — "but 
there is definite progress in the 
advancement of the Sault Interna- 
tional Bridge. Canadians all are 
favorable to the bridge, and I pre- 
dict that this Sault bridge will be 
constructed and completed by the 
time the Mackinac bridge is. 

Dr. Steinman said that within 
the coming fortnight Caisson Pier 
18 will be sunk as on* of the first 
steps in actual construction of the 
bridge. 

The bridge authority's consulting 
engineer declared his pleasure at 
the Kiwanis motto, "We Build," 
and at a line in a Kiwanis song as 
led by Capt Albert Koch . . . "May 
all our fond dreams come true." 

"All of my life dream after dream 



has come true," Steinman declared. 
Little did he think, while he was 
selling papers under the Brooklyn 
Bridge when a boy, that he would 
be the designing engineer to the 
recently remodeled Brooklyn Bridg-e, 
with his name on a bronze tablet 
at the end of the bridge. But some- 
how, Providence, aiding him, he 
managed to school himself for 
bridge engineering, with his dreams 
turning into reality. 

Dr. Steinman paid glowing tribute 
to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, 
and to George A. Osborn, who was 
present at the Kiwanis luncheon. 
"These inspired men will find the 
bridge a great monument to them- 
selves at its completion in 1957. Our 
work lives long after us." 

The bridge will be the finest ever 
built, the engineer insisted. 

Dr. Claud Quist, program chair- 
man, commented, following Dr. 
Steinman's talk, that "We in the 
Sault, and all of Michigan, owe 
much to you." 

Reprinted from the May 28, 1954 Issue 
of The Evening News, Sault Ste. Marie, 
Michigan. 



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October 1954 



Steinman honored in Europe 

During his recent European tour, Dr. 
D. B. Steinman, internationally-known bridge 
engineer of New York City, received several 
honors. 

In Rome, he was presented with a gold 
medal and specially engrossed diploma of 
honor by the International University Pro 
Deo. 

In Paris, Dr. Steinman was presented with 
the Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise 
(Medal of French Recognition); there are 
only five prior recipients of this award. He 
was also presented the Gold Medal and 
Diploma of Honor of the French Society of 
Inventors, and a special gold medal of 
"Recognition by the Engineers of France." 
This medal, especially designed and minted, 
bears Dr. Steinman's sculptured portrait 
on the face and on the reverse a sculptured 
perspective of his design for the Messina 
Straits Bridge. Bronze replicas of this medal 
will be minted for future annual awards. 

While in France, Dr. Steinman was also 
presented with the medal and diploma of 
honor of the Socigte" Nationale des Medailles 
Civils, the Croix de Commandeur de l'Edu- 
cation Civique, Palme de Commandeur de 
l'Encouragement Public, and Croix de Com- 
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Ingenieur-Conseil, 
New- York 






Conference faite le 27 julllet 1954 a Bruxelles. 

sous les auspices du Groupement Beige de 1' Association Internationale des Ponts et Charpentes (A.I.P.C.) 

de la Societe Royale Beige des Ingenieurs et Industriels (S.R.B.I.I ) 

et de Fabrimetal. 



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Incorporated 

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER, 1954 Vol. 11, No. 4 

Engineers of France Honor Dr. Steinman with 

Special Medal 

At a dinner and reception in his honor on July 31, 1954, 
at Paris, D. B. Steinman, internationally eminent bridge en- 
gineer, was presented with a special gold medal of "Recog- 
nition by the Engineers of France" ("Reconnaissance des 
Ingenieurs Professionels Francais"). This medal, especially 
designed and minted in honor of Dr. Steinman, bears his 
sculptured portrait on the face and, on the reverse, a bas- 
relief perspective of his design for the Messina Straits Bridge 
to join Sicily to Italy with the world's longest span of 5,000 
feet. The French mint will make bronze replicas of this 
medal for future annual awards. 

The medal was designed for the French engineers by 
Professor Albert P. d'Andrea, head of the Art Department 
at the City College of New York. Following the presenta- 
tion of the medal, Dr. Steinman delivered an address in 
French on "Building Bridges of Friendship Between the 
Nations." 



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AIME-T-ON ENCORE LA FRANCE? 

A cette question que nous posions dans notre 
numero de fevrier, nous avons recu, sous ia forme 
originate et charmante d'un poeme, la reponse 
d'un fervent admirateur de notre pays. II s'agit 
du grand ingenieur des ponts americain, David 
Steinman, president de l'Academie des Sciences, 
qui a construit le pont Henri-Hudson et recons- 
truit le pont de Brooklyn. 

■ New-York. 

A LA FRANCE 

Quel est done ce charme magique, 6 France, 
De V amour la chaleur, d'une chanson la cadence, 
Cet attrait romanesque auquel battent nos cceurs, 
Ce souffle printanier qui nous parle de bonheur? 
La lumiere du soleil, du vent la suave caresse, 
Les etoiles qui apaisent nos heures de detresse. 
Par ton art, ta beaute, de ta culture la fleur — 
O France — a VUnivers tu as donne un cceur I 

O France — quel est-il, cet appel enivrant 
Auquel vibrent tes heros dans leurs nobles elans? 
Tes fils dans leur ardeur I'etendard deployerent, 
Pour la Liberie Us lutterent et leurs vies Us immo- 

(lerent, 
lis forgerent pour les Hommes ton prajet emouvanl, 
Pour la Fraternite de tous Us verserent leur sang. 
Ce re\ve magnifique est maintenant notre flamme — 
O France — a VUnivers tu as donne une time! 

D. B. Steinman, 
117 Liberty St. New York, N. Y. 



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THE AUSTRALASIAN ENGINEER 



May 7, 1954. 



FAMOUS BRIDGES OF THE WORLD 

AN INTERESTING NEW BOOK BY Dr. D. B. STEINMAN. 

(Famous Bridges of the World. By Dr. D. B. Steinman. 100 pages. Illus 
trated with photographs and sketches. Published by Random House Inc. 

New York.) 



Dr. David B. Steinman is one of 
the world's leading bridge builders and 
has many fine structures throughout 
the United States and elsewhere to his 
credit. He is a man who loves his 
work and is never happier than when 
he is lecturing or writing about it. 
This book, which is primarily design- 
ed for the adolescent, is appropriately 
dedicated to his five grand-children. 
The pen and ink sketches by Kurt 
Wiese illustrate simply the various 
points as they are met in the text. 

The first bridges were very simple, 
being natural arches of stone, trees 
fallen across a ravine, or a heavy 
vine spanning a river. 

Roman Bridges. 

The Romans were perhaps the 
first great bridge builders, and a num- 
ber of their remarkable stonework 
are still extant to command our admir- 
ation such as the famous Pont du 
Garde aqueduct at Nimes. 

A beautiful example of a stone arch 
bridge is at Alcantara in Spain, across 
the Tagus river which, although re- 
stored from time to time, still looks 
much as it did in 90 A.D. when it 
was built to the order of the Emperor 
Traian. 

The engineering feats of the Ro- 



mans appear even more remarkable 
when we recall that all the work was 
done by hand, slaves furnishing the 
whole of the labour and nobody car- 
ing how long it took to erect a struc- 
ture. Although tools were of the 
crudest, the Romans made the stone 
arch a thing of beauty. 

Old London Bridge. 

After the fall of the Roman Em- 
pire very few bridges were built for 
four or five centuries, but later the 
monks took over and the two most 
famous bridges of the Middle Ages 
were erected by them; the first was 
the St. Benezet Bridge over the Rhone 
at Avignon, and the second Old Lon- 
don Bridge, which stood for over six 
centuries and was the. only bridge 
across the Thames in London. It had 
nineteen stone arches, varying in 
length from 15ft. to 34ft. with a total 
length of 936 ft. The seventh span on 
the Southwark side was a drawbridge 
like the bridge over a mediaeval moat. 
When completed the only buildings 
on the bridge were the fortified gate- 
houses at each end and the chapel in 
the middle, but strange as it may seem 
to present-day eyes, houses were grad- 
ually built on it until there were 100 




THE FAMOUS BROOKLYN BRIDGE, NEW YORK. 



in all and at the time of Queen 
Elizabeth I. London Bridge was a 
most fashionable address. 
The Rialto, Venice. 

Another remarkable bridge was the 
Rialto, of Shakespearen fame, which 
erected in 1587, crossed the Grand 
Canal in Venice in a single arch 89 
feet wide. It had most difficult foun- 
dations owing to the soft and marshy 
character of the soil. • this problem 
being overcome by its designer, An- 
tonio da Ponte (who was most aptly 
named, Ponte meaning bridge) who 
drove piles deep into the bed of the 
Canal, so that they were leaning 
against the current and then built his 
masonry blocks upon the timber plat- 
form on top of the piles. 

A Frenchman, Jean Rodolphe Per- 
ronet, made revolutionary advances in 
stone arch bridge construction and at 
the age of 78 built the famous Pont 
de la Concorde. 

In Britain. John Rennie, a Scottish 
engineer, was also building many fa- 
mous bridges, his last structure being 
New London Bridge which was finish- 
ed in 1831 by his son, Sir John 
Rennie. It has a total length of 1005 
ft., weighs 130,000 tons and though 
in appearance it is massive its stone 
arches curving out over the water 
form a very beautiful design. 

Early Iron Bridges. 

The first iron bridge was the Coal- 
brookdale bridge over the Severn 
river in England, and it was made of 
separate wedge-shaped pieces to form 
the arch ring. Built in 1779 with a 
span of 100 ft. it is still standing and 
carrying traffic. A great advancement 
in bridge building was brought about 
by" Tames Buchanan Eads, who con- 
structed a great bridge over the Mis- 
sissippi at St. Louis and completed it 
in 1874. Foundations to support the 
bridge were over 100 ft. below the 
surface and to construct these he used 
pneumatic caissons for the first time 
in America, The deadly caisson dis- 
ease was encountered and claimed 
twelve victims before its implications 
were understood. 

Having dealt with these early 
bridges and the advent of the modern 
steel structure he simply describes the 
various types of bridge design such as 
lattice girder, lattice truss, and bridges 
that combine in their design the arch, 
truss and beam. Then he comes to 
the type of bridge that perhaps cap- 
tures the imagination more than any 
other and which has been so dramati- 
cally developed in the United States 
during the present century — the sus- 
pension bridge. 

Great Strength of Steel Wire. 

He explains that steel wire, the basis 
of the suspension bridge, is the safest, 
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He Conquered Barriers 

JOHN A. ROEBLING 
Born in Germany, June 12, 1806 

Roebjling's plans for a suspension bridge to carry railway trains over 
the Niagara gorge evoked a storm of protest. The collapse, in a gale, of 
the Wheeling suspension bridge across the Ohio made most engineers 
doubt the validity of all such construction. Roebling's solution was two- 
fold: stiffened construction to prevent the build-up of vibrations and the 
use of specially-constructed cables of uniform tension and great strength. 
Completed in 1855, the Niagara span stood the test of time and provided 
a vital roadway to link the people of the United States and Canada. With 
it "the suspension form came into its own and became the dominant type 
for the longest and greatest spans in the world," says Dr. D. B. Steinman, 
who recently supervised modernization of Roebling's later masterwork, the 
famous Brooklyn Bridge. Brooklyn's only contact with Manhattan, in 
1870, was by ferryboat. Roebling was commissioned to build a bridge of 
unprecedented length across the East River. Thanks to his courage in 
using steel rather than iron for his cables (a bitterly- fought- for innova- 
tion),, steel became the foremost structural metal. He lost his life in an 
accident during construction, but the bridge was completed in 1883, unit- 
ing two great communities. Roebling taught engineers to bridge greater 
expanses of water than had been dreamed possible before, thus promoting 
communication among peoples once separated by formidable barriers. 



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La construction des ponts 



La technique des grands ouvrages 
d'art ne cesse de faire ,des progres 
dans tous les domaines. La science 
de lingenieur redout chaque jour 
de nouveaux problemes et-surmonte 
des obstacles qui semblerent hier 
encore mi ranchissables. Recemment, 
ici m6me, nous avons parle de la 
construction des grands barrages. 
Voici qu'a l'invitation du Groupe- 
ment beige de 1' Association Inter- 
nationale des Ponts et Charpentes, 
de la Societe royale beige des in- 
genieurs et industriels et de Fabri- 
metal, un eminent mgenieur ame- 
ricain, le D r D. B. Steinman, pre- 
sident de l'Academie des Sciences 
de New-York, vient d'exposer, en 
une brillante conference les € Nou- 
veaux developpements dans la cons- 
truction des ponts ». Specialiste de 
la question, la competence du D* 
Steinman fait autorite dans le mon- 
de entier, et ses realisations remar- 
quables dans de multiples pays 
comptent parmi les plus audacieu- 
ses et les plus belles. Les nombreu- 
ses projections en couleurs dont il 
a illustre son expose ont, en eff et, 
montre que les preoccupations tech- 
niques de sohdite, de trace et 
d'equilibre s'accordent dans ses con- 
ceptions avec le caractere estheti- 
que et le souci de les harmoniser, 
par la ligne et mime par la couleur, 
avec le paysage dans lequel le pont 
est erige. De cet accord parfait re- 



sulte une beaut* qui autorise vrai- 
ment a parler d'ouvrages d'art. 

Mais si un pont doit etre net com- 
me une epuf e, il doit aussi 6tre so- 
lide, et c'est icl que commence" la 
difficulty. Le D r Steinman s'est eten- 
du sur le probleme de l'instabilit6 
aerodynamique des ponts suspen- 
dus. Les pressions enormes que le 
vent fait subir a ces constructions, 
dont les tabliers semblent flotter 
au bout de leurs chaines ou de leurs 
cables d'acier, doivent 6tre compen- 
s6es par la resistance de l'ensem- 
ble. Sinon il arrive des catastro- 
phes comme celle du pont de Taco- 
ma, qui fut detruit en 1944, six mois 
a peine apres son acbevement, a la 
suite d'une tempete. Pour les ponts 
qu'il a a construire, le D r Steiman 
a mis au point une theorie des 
phenomenes' d'oscillations, . qui a ete 
experimentee en tunnel aerodyna- 
mique. II 6tudie en ce moment le 
projetd'uq pont suspendu qui est 
pro j ete entre l'ltalie et la Sicile, a 
travers le detroit de Messines : la 
travee priftcipale aura une portee de 
1.525 metres, sans aucun appui in- 
termSdiaire et sera de ce fait la 
plus longue du mqnde. 

L'expose substantiel et clair a ete 
suivi avec grand interfit par un pu- 
blic qui co'mptait de nombreux in- 
genieurs beiges speeialistes de la 
construction des ponts et charpen- 

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NSPE's founder and first presi- 
dent, is, as well as an outstanding 
engineer, a poet and writer of 
ability, and there are two docu- 
ments on this page to prove it. 
The poem which appears is by 
the Doctor and below we print 
excerpts from a speech he gave 
before the Michigan College of 
Mining and Technology. You will 
enjoy both. 

CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY 
By D. B. Steinman, P.E. 

On Christmas eve I crossed a bridge 

That links two lands In amity. 
No barrier stands across the span; 

Instead my heart rejoiced to see 
A portal arch of balsam boughs 

To spell once more, in soft blue light, 
The ageless words of peace and hope 

That shepherds heard one starry night. 

Afar I heard the church bells ring 

And saw the twinkling lights aglow; 
A peaceful gladness filled the air 

As on that night of long ago; 
And now, to join the symphony, 

The span and towers, soaring high, 
Are like a star-strung frame of song, 

A gleaming harp against the sky. 

Both dreams of man invoke the stars: 

The bridge of faith, the prayerful spire, 
Both give their anthems to the world, 

To ring out with the heavenly choir; 
And as their music thrills my soul, 

I hear the angel-song again, 
The blessed tidings of great joy: 

"Peace on earth, good will to men." 

. . . The world needs the college- 
trained minds of men and women in 
planning and building for the future ! 

It is the college-trained mind that 
is equipped for leadership in these 
days of vexing economic and social 
problems. 

We are living in a rapidly changing 
world. 

More vividly, intensely, and uni- 
versally than any prior age, our gen- 
eration has found itself living in a 
world of rapid and continual change, 
with the changes coming at increasing 
urgency and tempo. 

An important necessity of life in a 
changing world is leadership. Hu- 



manity is troubled, confused, per- 
plexed. We are beset by strange ideolo- 
gies, class hatreds, political dema- 
gogues, pressure groups, official cor- 
ruption, economic illiteracy, and 
crooked thinking. Leaders are needed 
— practical men and women of vision. 
trained to think straight, to plan, to 
organize, to direct, to unify, to inspire. 
Professional men and women, by per- 
sonality, character, education and life- 
work, are natural leaders. Their 
straight thinking, their organizing 
ability, and their leadership are 
needed — in their professions, in their 
communities, and in national life. The 
world has a right to look to profession- 
al men for leadership. 

In order that college-trained men 
and women may take their proper 
place as leaders of their fellowmen, 
it is important that their educationa 
equipment be broader than the strict 
ly prescribed limits of technology. 

The late Dr. Gano Dunn, distin 
guished engineer and educator, elo 
quently expressed the need for a 
broader education for the professiona" 
man — in these words: 

"If his training neglects the great 
human mirrors of history and 
languages; if his heart and mind 
are insensible to the great social 
forces; if he but feebly develops the 
subtle qualities of character that 
make for personality, his career is 
limited, no matter how much science 
he knows." 

Professional education, in building 
for the world of tomorrow, will have 
to be geared to this requirement of 
equipping men and women for vision 
and leadership. 

Finally, in a world of flux and con- 
fusion, when men are swayed by 
selfishness and fears, when the finer 
human instincts are derided and dis- 
paraged, and when we see all around 
us the decay of moral and ethical 
standards, there is a crying need for 
men with ideals. 

A professional career is inherently 
founded on certain ideals — the ideals 



of vision, character, honesty, and 
service to humanity. Professional 
men and women, by their education 
and their lifework, are selectively 
qualified to uphold and exemplify 
such ideals in their life, in their work, 
and in their relations with their fel- 
low men. 

An important element in life is 
loyalty. Our lives are shaped by our 
loyalties — to our family, our friends, 
our school, our church, our profes- 
sion, our community, our country — 
but one loyalty I would place high on 
the list is loyalty to out youthful 
ideals. Only by loyalty to our ideals 
can we keep our lives straight. And 
only by holding to our goal of inspira- 
tion can we scale the heights. 

In conclusion, there is one thought 
I want to leave with you. It is sum- 
marized in a single word — consecra- 
tion. By that I mean all that goes into 
the feeling that our works live after 
us — that we are building not for our- 
selves but for posterity. 

The great master builders who pre- 
ceded us dreamed their dreams and 
wrought their dreams — giving health, 
strength, and even life itself — as the 
price of achievement. Profiting by our 
heritage from the pioneers, we are 
tackling even greater tasks. Whatever 
we may accomplish will in turn be 
eclipsed by those who follow after us. 

In whatever we do — in whatever 
we build — beyond the stone and the 
steel, the calculations and the plans — 
the one priceless ingredient is the spirit 
of consecration. That includes the 
qualities of vision, devotion, inspira- 
tion, and integrity. 

The whole thought is beautifully ex- 
pressed in the words of John Ruskin : 

"Therefore when we build, let us 
think that we build forever. Let it not 
be our present delight, nor for present 
use alone. Let it be such work as our 
descendants will thank us for, and let 
us think, as we lay stone upon stone, 
that a time is to come when those 
stones will be held sacred because our 
hands have touched them, and that 
men will say, as they look upon the 
labor and wrought substance of them, 
'See, this our fathers did for us.' " 



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The above medal, especially designed and minted to honor Dr. David D. Stein- 
man, was presented to him during a recent European visit by the Professional 
Engineers of France. The face of the medal shows the likeness of Dr. Steinman : 
the reverse side shows a perspective of his design for the Messina Straits Bridge 
which will be the longest span in the world. 



Reprinted from American Engineer 

November, 1954, issue 

Washington, D. C. 



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A sketch of the proposed 7,793-foot-long bridge across the Hudson River, New York, designed 
by D. B. Steinman. Merritt-Chapman I Scott Corp., New York, N. Y., holds the substructure 
contract for the $4 million span, which is located just north of Kingston, N. Y. 



Italian University Confers 
Degree on D. B. Steinman 

The honorary degree of Doctor of 
Civil Engineering was conferred 
June 30 on David B. Steinman, of 
New York, N. Y., bridge engineer, by 
the University of Bologna, in Italy. 
During the ceremonies, Dr. Stein- 
man presented a paper on "Suspen- 
sion Bridges — The Aerodynamic 
Problem and Its Solution". 

Financing and construction of a 
specific suspension bridge are the 
reasons for Dr. Steinman's current 
visit to Italy. He is discussing plans 
with authorities there for the build- 
ing of the proposed Messina Straits 
Bridge, connecting Italy and Sicily. 
The bridge would have the longest 
main span in the world— 5,000 feet. 



Zkis gladness J Have Known 

By D. B. Steinman 

I have seen a bluebird on the wing, 

Above a field in gold and scarlet hue; 

A spray of apple blossoms in the spring 
In dazzling light against a sky of blue. 

I have known the joy of golden days, 

A grassy bank, a stream in jeweled glow; 

Then oak and maple leaves in autumn blaze, 

And pines in winter, crowned with sunlit snow. 

God, I thank Thee for the gift of light 

And weep for those who dwell in endless night. 



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NOVA SCOTIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE 
LIBRARY HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA 

SUSPENSION BRIDGES: j Technical 

The Aerodynamic Problem and its Solution Literature 619. - 

by D. B, Steinman 
Consulting Engineer, New York, New York 

Part I 

This is the story of a baffling scientific problem with which the engineering 
profession was dramatically confronted in 1940, and of the ensuing intensive ap- 
plication of the resources of science and invention for the urgent solution of the 
problem. 

On July 1, 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at Puget Sound was completed 
and opened to traffic. Built at a cost of #6, 400, 000, with a main span of 2800 
feet, it was the third longest span in the world. On November 7, 1940, four 
months and six days after the official opening, the oscillations of the bridge in 
a mild gale increased to destructive amplitude until the main span broke up, 
ripping loose from the cables and crashing into the water 208 feet below. 

The engineering fraternity was startled by the catastrophe. The phenomen- 
on was not new, but had been unrecorded or forgotten by the profession. A cen- 
tury earlier, bridge after bridge had been similarly wrecked by wind action, 
notably the Brighton Chain Pier in England in 1836, the Wheeling Bridge over 
the Ohio River in 1854, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge over Niagara River in 
1864, and the Niagara Clifton Bridge at Niagara Falls in 1889. John A. Roebling 
(1806-1869) taught the profession the importance of adequate stiffening of sus- 
pension bridges.; his bridges stood up while those built by his contemporaries 
were wrecked by the wind. But a later generation of engineers, forgetting the 
lesson of the past, began to preach the virtues of flexibility without recalling 
its hazards. This reversal of trend reached its climax in the ill-fated .Tacoma 
span. 

In fact, some twenty known bridges completed since 1930 have been subject 
to disturbing or dangerous aerodynamic oscillations, and some of them have 
required the application of corrective measures to make them safe. In 1945, a 
contract of over #1,300,000 was let for additional stiffening and correction of 
the 2300 -foot span Bronx- Whitestone Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge, with 
the world: s longest span of 4200 feet, has suffered dangerous aerodynamic os- 
cillations and in 1953 a contract for over #3,000,000 was let for stiffening the 
structure against aerodynamic action. 

The decade ending in 1940 witnessed more rapid progress in bridge-build- 
ing, as measured by lengthening spans, boldness of proportions , and increasing 
magnitude of projects, than all the centuries preceding. The five longest spans 
in the world were all completed during this decade, and the record span length 
was more than doubled, from 1850 feet to 4200 feet. The startling problem to 
which the profession was awakened in 1940 threatened to halt further progress 
in the development of long, span bridges. 

Recognizing that a complete, scientific solution of this challenging problem 
was desperately needed, I dedicated myself to the task, and I discovered the 
aerodynamic action in 1938. These intensive studies were undertaken by me 
two years before the Tacoma Bridge failure. Fifteen years of my professional 

Copyright 1954 by American Scientist. Reprinted from July 1954 issue by 
permission. 



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THE DAILY BOND BUYER 



Financing of Bridge 
Between Two Sault 
Ste. Maries Planned 

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. — Accept- 
ance of a proposal by a group of 
investment bankers to manage the 
financing of the International Bridge 
between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, 
and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., is an- 
nounced by Paul P. Hoholik, Chair- 
man of the State of Michigan Inter- 
national Bridge Authority. 

"We have completed arrangements 
for a strong, versatile bond manage- 
ment group to market the Interna- 
tional Bridge bonds. Union Securi- 
ties Corporation, B. J. Van Ingen & 
Company, Allen & Company of New 
York along with A. C. Allyn & Com- 
pany, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company of 
Chicago, and Kenower & MacArthur 
of Detroit comprise a combination of 
financiers who can guarantee the suc- 
cessful underwriting of the project," 
said Hoholik. 



Last year the Authority selected 
D. B. Steinman, internationally fa- 
mous bridge consultant to advise on 
engineering. It is the Authority's 
intention to retain Coverdale & Col- 
pitts on traffic analysis. 

"We are leaning heavily on the 
winning combination that made the 
Mackinac Bridge financing a success. 
Now we are ready to go ahead except 
for enabling Canadian legislation 
which we hope will still be given con- 
sideration in Ottawa this session. If 
it passes, we can get under way next 
Spring. Bond market conditions are 
good now. And possible contractors 
are figuratively just around the corner 
working on the Straits Bridge," Hoho- 
lik added. 

An International Bridge connecting 
United States and Canada at Sault 
Ste. Marie has long been a dream of 
the people on both sides of the border 
who have been forced to commute via 
a "horse and buggy" ferry service. 

The Mackinac Bridge and the In- 
ternational Bridge would be 50 miles 
apart, and would supplement each 
other on the route from highly in- 
dustrialized lower Michigan to the 
Ontario mining region. 

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THE AUSTRALASIAN ENGINEER 

September 7, 1954. 



AN ANGEL CAME TO DWELL 
WITH ME. 

An angel came to dwell with me. 

A woman, humanly divine; 
My life became a melody, 

My love a hymn, my heart a 
shrine. 

When I was sad with care and strain, 
My solace was her tenderness; 

For every sorrow, every pain. 

Her love was there, to heal and 
ble6s. 

WJien years of thankless toil slipped 
past, 
I found my guerdon in her eyes; 
And when life's laurels came at last, 
Her tears of gladness were my 
prize. 

In sunset glow, as shadows fall, 
I watch the light of day depart. 

O evening star, I hear your call 
To join the one who holds my 
heart. 

— By Dr. D. B. Steinman, famous 
Bridge Engineer and also a poet, pub' 
lished in "Boston Post." 

How happy the world would be if 
we could but express sentiments such 
as these. 



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These Glories Are Revealed 



By D. B. STEINMAN 



The sun sinks in the west with robes of flame 
Before the stars blaze forth when day is done; 

In gold and scarlet hues the skies proclaim 
The deathless glory of the dying sun. 

Transformed to fiery splendor in the fall, 
The forest leaves are ready to take wing; 

The trees in autumn blaze await the call 
To winter sleep and then rebirth in spring. 

The storm-tossed mariner sees a glow on high 
As dark clouds part and heaven's rays descend; 

A hymn of light, a rainbow spans the sky 
To herald peace and love art journey's end. 

These glories are revealed so we may see 
How beautiful the last of life can be. 




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M-C&S Gets Contract For New Bridge 



Award to Merritt-Chapman & Scott of 
a $4.5 million low bid contract for construc- 
tion of the substructure of a new bridge to 
be erected across the Hudson River was 
made known by New York State Bridge Au- 
thority Chairman, Robert Hoe. 

To be known as the Kingston-Rhinecliff, 
the bridge will be located three and a half 
miles north of Kingston. D. B. Steinman, 
New York, designed the span which will 
measure 7,793 feet from abutment to abut- 
ment, with a 36 foot roadway flanked by two 
foot walks. New highways will link the bridge 
with New York State Route 9-G on the east 
and New York State Route 9-W on the west. 

SUBSTRUCTURE work by M-C & S will 
involve construction of the bridge's 30 twin 



shafted piers of reinforced concrete, eight 
in the river and 22 ashore, and two abut- 
ments. The granite-faced concrete block bas- 
es of the river piers will rest on steel H-piles 
driven to bed rock. The piers will range up 
to 195 feet in height. 

So that motorists will have an unobstruc- 
ted view of the Hudson Valley, the super- 
structure was designed as a deck truss span, 
with all supporting steelwork below the road- 
way. There will be three foot railings along 
the walkways. 

The spans over the east and west chan- 
nels will be 800 feet long, providing 760 feet 
of horizontal clearance and a minimum ver- 
tical clearance of 135 feet above high water. 



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Bridge Construction, History 
Described in Steinman Book 



FAMOUS BRIDGES OF THE 
WORLD, by Dr. David B. Stein- 
man, illustrated by Kurt Wiese, 
96 p.p. including photographs. Ran- 
dom House. $1.75. 



Bridge-building, which figures 
prominently in the eastern Upper 
Peninsula news because of the 
Straits of Mackinac Bridge and 
the prospective connecting link be- 
tween the two Sault Ste. Maries, 
is one of man's oldest known engi- 
neering accomplishments. 

The history of bridges and the 
principal types of designs used in 
their construction is the subject of 
this non-technical book by Dr. Da- 
vid B. Steinman, designer of the 
Mackinac span, and whose firm i< 
design'ng a connecting link be- 
tween the two Sault Ste. Maries. 

As the book jacket points out, 
Dr. Steinman was a teacher for 
10 years before entering private 
practice in 1920. That he was a 
teacher and understands the diffi- 
culty in presentation of a technical 
subject to the general public is ap- 
parent in the easy style in which 
the took is written. 

In the preface, he writes the fol- 
lowing: 

"This book is written for young- 
er readers with the thought of im- 
parting to them seme of the spell 
and fascination of bridge building 
and to answer their questions of 
•How?' and "Why?" 

"To become a builder of bridges 
was my boyhood dream, and my 
dream has come true. Perhaps this 
book will help to kindle the inter- 
est and ambition of others." 

Dr. Steinman goes back to the 
earliest history of bridges, and how 
man must have learned their uses 
in pre-historical times. 

He then discusses the various 
types of construction, such as the 
beam bridge on piers, the stone 
arch, the truss bridge, and com- 



binations of the three, and suspen- 
sion, cantilever, and movable 
bridges. 

Dr. Steinman points out that 
many of the world's famed bridges 
were constructed only after spe- 
cial problems were overcome, the 
skepticism of pessimists refuted, 
and through personal sacrifice of 
the designers and workmen. 

He tells in some detail of the con- 
struction of the Eads Bridge over 
the Mississippi River at St. Louis. 
"The Eads Bridge is a monument 
to the originality, courage, and 
genius of this great American — a 
pioneer master builder. To it he 
gave everything he had; people 
said his dream was crazy; engi- 
neers declared the project too dan- 
gerous and bold. But the bridge, 
completed in 1874, still stands. It 
carried heavy railroad and highway 
traffic, after more than two gen- 
erations of service." 

The double-leaf bascule bridge at 
the Sault Locks is cited as a rec- 
ord of its type of construction, and 
Dr. Steinman also tells of the five- 
mile-Iong Straits of Mackinac 
Bridge, with a suspension span of 
3,800 feet, the second largest in the 
world. 

The book also contains photo- 
graphs of 23 famous bridges of the 
world, including three of Dr. Stein- 
m-n's bridges, the Florinaapolis in 
Brazil, the St. John's at Portland, 
Ore., and the Carqudnez Strait in 
California. It also shows the fa- 
mous Brooklyn Bridge, reconstruct- 
ed by Dr. Steinman's firm in 1950- 
, 1953. 

The book, interesting in its own 
right, is valuable to anyone inter- 
ested in bridges in general, and 
| in the coming great bridge projects 
in this area in particular. — J.M.M. 

Reprinted from the May 20, 1054 issue 
of The Evening News, Sault Ste. Marie, 
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Presentation of Steinman Medal to 
Steinman at Paris 




At reception and dinner in his honor at 
Paris on July 29, Dr. Steinman receives 
the "David B. Steinman Medal of Recog- 
nition of the Professional Engineers of 
France." E. M. Guiton, President of the 
Professional Engineers of France, pre- 
sents the medal, with Mrs. Steinman stand- 
ing alonside as an honored guest. 



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Hangebrficke fiber die Strafie 
von Messina. 

Die Meerenge von Messina zwisdien 
dem italienischen Festland und Sizilien, 
Homers Scylla und Charybdis, wird 
wegen ihrer sdinell wechselnden Ge- 
zeiten, der starken Stromungen und 
Wirbel und wegen der starken Stiirme 
seit alter Zeit von der Schiffahrt ge- 
fiirchtet. Der Verkehr iiber die Strafie 
wird jetzt von einer viel gefahrdeten 
Eisenbahnfahre vermittelt und ist auf 
jahrlioh 280 000 Wagenladungen ange- 
stiegen. Von ihm hangt im wesentlichen 




Abb. 1. Ansidit. 

die Ausfuhr Siziliens ab, die hauptsadi- 
lidi aus Sudfriichten besteht. Eine feste 
Briidce — ein Tunnel kommt wegen der 
Wassertiefe von 120 m nicht in Betradht 
— wiirde die Gefahren des Fahrver- 
kehrs ausschalten und den V*>rkehr be- 
sdileunigen. Sie wiirde ferner einen 
motorisierten Verkehr moglidi machen 
und den Touristenverkehr nadi Sizilien 



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MEW YORK, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1954. 

TO nAPAIHMON Al". &10NYI1QY 
Ell AlAnPEHH AMEP1KAN0N 



NEW YORK, N. Y. — '0 8i- 
faifrOt ajuptxavos |at)Y.«vixo? DR 
DAVID B. STEINMAN, «pi'f* 
u.o? 8ta Ta a^tJia xat xaTajxtutp 
Y»?«f<ov, ova ta; icsvts Tjicetpoo?, 
iTiiAt)8ri i»£n»G 8ta tou irapair^- 
|iot> tou MsvaXoarTaupoo tou Taf- 
(iato? 'IitiroTwv tou 'Ayiou Atovu- 
siou ZaxuvOou, 8ta Tip |i*pfftt]V 
XO'J s'.j^spav urpo; B>i8su"pipoT,r,aiv 
t^s ^iXappovixfjs M«Avt*4 tou 
Ar,j.s'j ZaxuvOtuv. 

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irotr,? ttj? A*yc<ovo{ n}^ Ttjiijs 
tqs TaXXia?. "E^tt TttiTjOtj 8ia 
icXsistum wapas^iwv uso Sia^opuv 
xpatwv, xat tou ixouv ajvovtu.T,8ii 
<Svu tuv 16 HONORARY* DE- 
GREES M t5v JiaiTflAOTtpuv xat 
ap^aiOTtputi ELaviffiorTr^iuv tou 
xocu-ou, 5itu? tou COLUMBIA 
UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY 
OP GHENT (BELGIUM), 
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA 
(ITALY), RENSSELAER PO- 
LYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, 
NOUBOLTAN COLLEGE, 0- 
HIO NORTHERN UNIV., xai 
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tou Jprou tou Apo? DAVID B. 
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David B. STEINMAN, E, AM, 'UPhD, 
bridge designer, is currently engaged in 
several building projects. Construction has 
recently been started on the Straits of 

Mackinac Bridge, which he designed, and 
the modernization of the Brooklyn Bridge 
was completed in May, also one of Dr. 
Steinman's projects. An estimation of costs 
for the modernization of Manhattan Bridge 
has been presented to the City Planning 
Commission by Dr. Steinman. He has also 
prepared plans to span the Strait of Mes- 
sina to Sicily, and was awarded a gold 
medal July 6 in Rome, Italy, as the "great- 
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Steinman honored in Europe 

During his recent European tour, Dr. 
D. B. Steinman, internationally-known bridge 
engineer of New York City, received several 
honors. 

In Rome, he was presented with a gold 
medal and specially engrossed diploma of 
honor by the International University Pro 
Deo. 

In Paris, Dr. Steinman was presented with 
the Medaille de la Reconnaissance Francaise 
(Medal of French Recognition); there are 
only five prior recipients of this award. He 
was also presented the Gold Medal and 
Diploma of Honor of the French Society of 
Inventors, and a special gold medal of 
"Recognition by the Engineers of France." 
This medal, especially designed and minted, 
bears Dr. Steinman's sculptured portrait 
on the face and on the reverse a sculptured 
perspective of his design for the Messina 
Straits Bridge. Bronze replicas of this medal 
will be minted for future annual awards. 

While in France, Dr. Steinman was also 
presented with the medal and diploma of 
honor of the Soci6t6 Nationale des Medailles 
Civils, the Croix de Commandeur de l'Edu- 
cation Civique, Palme de Commandeur de 
PEncouragement Public, and Croix de Com- 
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Dr. David B. Steinman, NSPE's dis- 
tinguished first president, has recently 
been decorated with the French Le- 
gion of Honor by the Government of 
France. The presentation of the hon- 
or was made on behalf of President 
Coty of France by Count Jean de La- 
garde, French consul general, at a 
ceremony and reception at the French 
consulate in New York City on Dr. 
Steinman's birthday. The citation ac- 
companying the award took note of 
Dr. Steinman's accomplishments as a 

bridge-builder, author, and profes- 
sional leader as well as his contribu- 
tions toward the strengthening of in- 
ternational friendship. 



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DIMANCHE 24 OCTOBRE 1954 



M. Steinman a l'honneur 

Au cours d'une ceremonie qui 
a eu lieu le dimanche 17 oc- 
tobre, dans le Grand Amphi- 
theatre de la Sorbonne, a Paris, 
la Grand Croix de TEtoile du 
Bien et du Merite a ete de- 
cernee au Dr Albert Schweitzer, 
Prix Nobel de la Paix 1953, et 
a M. David B. Steinman, de 
New-York, grand ami de la 
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Dr. David B. Steinman, NSPE's 
first president and internation- 
ally eminent bridge engineer, re- 
ceived the honorary degree of 
Doctor of Engineering at the com- 
mencement convocation of the 
Michigan College of Mining and 
Technology, Houghton, Mich. Dr. 
Steinman, who was also the com- 
mencement speaker, delivered 
an address on "The Professional 
Man and His Ideals." 



JULY 1 954 



NSPE's first president, Dr. 
David B. Steinman, received the 
honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Engineering in 
a special ceremony June 30 at the University of 
Bologna in Italy, reportedly the oldest university 
in the world. 

Dr. Steinman has been visiting Italy for confer- 
ences with the authorities in regard to the develop- 
ment of plans for the financing and construction 
of the Messina Straits Bridge to connect Italy and 
the island of Sicily. The projected suspension 
bridge, which has been designed by Dr. Steinman, 
is to have a main span of 5,000 feet, which will be 
the longest such span in the world. 



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Vol. 21, No. 1 May, 1954 

PARTNERS 

By D. B. Steinman 



I planted a seed and added my love 

To the sunshine and life-force that came from above. 

I thrilled to behold how Thy magic power 

Made each bud unfold as a beautiful flower. 



I groped for the music and words to impart 
The gladness and longing that sang in my heart. 
The stars brought Thy melody, lingering long, 
And my heartstrings recorded the Heaven-born song. 



I quarried the rock and carved it with care 
To build a cathedral for worship and prayer. 
My soul sang Thy story — compassion divine — 
As I wrought in Thy glory a reverent shrine. 



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A flower, a song, or a soul-lifting shrine — 
My own share is humble, the magic is Thine. 
Though lowly my part, I am thankful to be 
Co-working in beauty as partner with Thee! 



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THE rafters of Akron's Mayflower 
Hotel shook with enthusiasm on 
March 25-27 as more than 900 con- 
ventioneers met for the 76th Ohio So- 
ciety convention. For three full days, 
members, ladies, and guests responded 
to a whirlwind program of top-notch 
business sessions and speakers, lively 
parties, and all-round good fellowship. 



Awards 

The most prominent presentation 
during the convention was the award- 
ing of the OSPE Citation and Award 
to D. B. Steinman, world-famous 
bridge designer and first president of 
NSPE. Dr. Steinman accepted the 
award at the annual banquet. (See 
cover picture.) 



GIFT 
DR.D.B. STEINMAN 
MAY 20 1955 



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SO LITTLE DOST THOU ASK OF ME 

By D. B. STEINMAN 

How beautiful my garden grows. 

So grateful for a little care; 
I thrill to see each budding rose 

With fragrance like a thankful prayer. 

A little bird-food I supply. 

How joyously the birds repay: 
On topmost boughs against the sky, 

They sing for me all through the day. 

I try to do my little part 
To spread some kindliness and cheer; 

As radiant sunshine floods my heart, 
I hear a whisper, God is near! 

O Lord, for all Thy boundless grace. 

So little dost Thou ask of me: 
To make a simple dwelling place, 

A corner in my heart for Thee. 



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Poems for Your 
Scrapbook 

AN ANGEL CAME 
TO DWELL WITH ME 

By D. B. STEINMAN 

An angel came to dwell with ma. 

A woman, humanly divine; 
My life became a melody, 

My love a hymn, my heart a 
shrine. 

When I was sad with care and 

strain, 
My solace was her tenderness; 
For every sorrow, every pain. 
Her love was there, to heal and 
bless. 

When years of thankless toil 

slipped past, 
I found my guerdon in her eyes; 
And when life's laurels camt 

at last, 
Her tears of gladness were my 

prize. 

In sunset glow, as shadows fall, 

I watch the light of day depart. 
O, evening star! I hear your call 

To join the one who holds my 
heart. 



Their Song Lives On 

By D. B. Steinman 



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The torch we kindle glows beyond the night 
And in the gleam afar we live again. 

With starlike rays of kindness, love and light, 
We build a heaven in the hearts of men. 

We hear ethereal music and aspire 

To dwell in beauty where the soul is free; 
On wings of love we join the heavenly choir 
Whose anthem rings through all eternity. 

They live again whose glow made life sublime; 

Their star still shines to lead us toward the goal; 
Their song lives on until the end of time 

To make immortal music for the soul. 



Reprinted From 
Poems for Your Scrapbook 

Boston Post 
April 21. 1954 



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NO. 3 



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TRANSACTIONS 



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THE NEW YORK ACADEMY 
OF SCIENCES 



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PRESENTATION OF CITATIONS 
ON BEHALF OF THE CONSULAR LAW SOCIETY 

By BERNARD A, GROSSMAN 

Preejdanr 



President Steinman, Members of The New 
York Academy of Sciences, and their guests: 

I have the honor to come here tonight on 
the other side of recognition, as the repre- 
sentative of the Consular Law Society, 
whose members, in their specialized fields, 
represent the family of nations, and who 
lave seen something of the impact of The 
"New York Academy of Sciences across the 
world. While it is traditional for the Acade- 
my to give recognition to others, yet, to- 
night, we would like it to receive the recog- 
nition which I have come here to express 
on behalf of the Consular Law Society. It 
is in the form of a Citation, and reads as 
follows: 

CITATION TO THE NEW YORK 
ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 

The Consul ar Law Society takes great pleasure 
in presenting this citation to The New York 
Academy of Sciences as a noteworthy institu- 
tion unique in fulfilling its stated and progres- 
sive aims of fostering a generous exchange of 
the results of scientific research between in- 
vestigators both nationally and internationally; 
it has become preeminently successful in the 
establishment of strong cordial relationships 
between scientists of many countries and the 
United States through their mutual participation 
in its many activities, including its conferences 
and other meetings; by the high standard a- 
chieved is ita publications and their internation- 
al circulation, it has given the scientific world 
a greater facility for the exchange of the most 
recent and most pertinent data in the embodi- 
ment of such scientific investigations in its 
outstanding monographs; and in serving as a 
Science Center in New York City, it has en- 
couraged the growth and expansion of many cog- 
iate societies by generously making its accom- 
modations and services readily available to 
such organizations, the most recent of which is 
the new International Research Center of the 
Cooperative Research Foundation. 



Citation to Doctor David B. Steinman 

The Consular Law Society takes great pleas- 
ure in presenting this citation to David B. 
Steinman, outstanding Consulting Engineer, and 
the world's most noted Bridge Designer and 
Bridge Engineer, Civil Engineer, Doctor of 
Philosophy, Doctor of Science, President of The 
New York Academy of Sciences, 1953, and au- 
thor of many books on Bridge Building, in rec- 
ognition of his famous and important part in de- 
signing and constructing many of the world's 
most beautiful and famous bridges, including, 
among others: Florianopolis Bridge in Brazil 
(largest bridge in South America); Carquinez 
Strait Bridge, California (largest cantilever 
bridge in the United States); St. John's Bridge, 
Portland, Ore. (largest and ^highest span in the 
Northwest); Sydney ' Harbor Bridge, Australia; 
ML Hope, R. I., Bridge (largest bridge in New 
England); Tri- Borough and Henry Hudson Bridges, 
New York City; Thousand Islands International 
Bridge (five bridges); Deer Island Bridge, Maine; 
Charter Oak Bridge, Hartford, Conn.; and many 
others on five continents. He was also the mod- 
ernizer of the Brooklyn Bridge and inventor of 
new influence line methods and charts for de- 
sign of railway bridges; of improvements in sus- 
pension bridge design, and of a new system of 
design loading for railway bridges. Doctor 
Steinman' s inclusion of exquisite beauty in the 
design of these great bridges of the world is 
especially noteworthy. 

Doctor Steinman, during this year of his 
presidency, has continued with success the pro- 
gressive program of activities and expansion of 
the Academy. 



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THE NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1954. 

OPEN AGAIN 

Both the East River and the Hud- 
son River are spanned by great 
bridges, but the old Brooklyn Bridge, 
built by the Roeblings and ceremoni- 
ously dedicated in 1883, is the one 
that commands the admiration of the 
city and of civil engineers. The old 
bridge, which seems to inspire more 
reverence as the years go by, is now 
fully open again after four years of 
work, with six ten-foot lanes over 
which 50,000 vehicles may pass daily 
instead of 37,000. Luckily the city 
had in Dr. David B. Steinman an en- 
gineer who has studied the bridge for 
two decades. 

As an engineering design the 
Brooklyn Bridge is outmoded. Sus- 
pension systems are simpler today. 
The diagonal stays would certainly go 
by the board if the bridge were dras- 
tically rebuilt, and there would be 
fewer and stronger suspenders. Yet 
these antiquated steel filaments give 
the old bridge a lacy quality that har- 
monizes singularly well with the mas- 
sive stone towers. 

Washington Roebling, who carried 
out the plans of his father, John 
Roebling, estimated that the bridge 
would sustain two and a half times 
its colossal weight and that the cables 
would uproot the anchorages before 
they broke. We have Dr. Steinman's 
assurance that, properly maintained, 
the bridge is good for centuries. So 
the old structure will go down both 
as a monument to the Roeblings and 
as a work of art. 



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John D. Coleman in 1952. 



TENTH in a series of eminent en- 
gineers the Ohio Society has cho- 
sen to single out for a Citation in the 
past dozen years, D. B. Steinman, the 
current recipient, epitomizes those 
personal qualities which should be the 
goal of all engineers — a thorough ed- 
ucational grounding in the engineer- 
ing sciences, a continued discipline in 
the fringe areas of engineering knowl- 
edge calling for concise original think- 
ing and analysis, and a complete con- 
fidence in the results of analytic de- 
sign which have produced some of 
the world's greatest and most beautiful 
bridges. 

When D. B. Steinman is presented 
with a Citation at the Akron Conven- 
tion, the Ohio Society in a sense will 
receive honor as much as it will give 
it. An honorary member of OSPE 
since 1935, engineer Steinman reflects 
honor on the Ohio Society with every 
distinction bestowed on him. 

A sampling of these awards dis- 
closes how wide is his acclaim: the 
NSPE award — so far granted to 
President Hoover, D. B. Steinman and 
Charles F. Kettering; Doctor of Sci- 
ence in Engineering by Ohio North- 
ern; Doctor of Science by the Univer- 
sity of Ghent, Belgium; honorary 
membership in several State societies 
of N.S.P.E., the Legion Beige, the 
Free French War Veterans, the So- 



ciete des Ingenieurs Professionnels de 
France; Fellow of Great Britain's 
Royal Society of Arts; and the holder 
of the following decorations and 
Crosses: Military Order of Cyprus and 
Jerusalem; Commander, Grand Prix 
Humanitaire de Belgique; Knight and 
Companion, Ordre des Chevaliers de 
la Croix de Lorraine et des Compag- 
nons de la Resistance. 

He now holds a total of 14 univer- 
sity degrees, 4 earned and 10 hon- 
orary. 

D. B. Steinman was born in New 
York City June 11, 1886; graduated 
Summa Cum Laude from C.C.N. Y. 
at the age of twenty; from Columbia 
University he successively earned the 
C.E. degree in 1909; the A.M. degree 
in 1909; and the Ph.D. degree in 
1911, a good share of the time his 
studies being subsidized by fellow- 
ships. 

He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa 
and Tau Beta Pi. For several years 
he was professor of engineering at the 
University of Idaho and at C.C.N. Y. 
and has written numerous technical 
papers and treatises. From his facile 
pen have come several poems which 
mark this engineer as being also a 
philosopher with deep religious inspi- 
ration. 

From the beginning of his career 



he was partial to bridge design and 
construction and soon had his own 
private practice. To list the bridges 
that stand as mute evidence of his 
engineering excellence would take up 
too much space and be uninspiring 
without a view of the magnitude and 
beauty of individual specimens. The 
same would be true of a list of the 
engineering societies, councils and 
committees to which he has devoted 
unselfishly his time and talents 
toward the creation of a greater pro- 
fession; these accomplishments and 
many others may be found in Who's 
Who in America. 

Of special interest to members of 
the Ohio Society is his record as 
founder and first president of the Na- 
tional Society of Professional Engi- 
neers, and of the many years of faith- 
ful service rendered to make our so- 
ciety strong. 

When the Board of Trustees voted 
on January eighth to grant him a Ci- 
tation, it chose to recognize one of 
its most distinguished members. His 
life has been an inspiration to all of 
us who have known him. The perma- 
nent record of his citation in our files 
will serve as a constant renvnder to all 
of us that "Every man owes some of 
his time and devotion to the upbuild- 
ing of the profession to which he be- 
longs." 



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Wat 3s Man, 
lEhat t:hou art Mindful of Him? 

In starry space the awestruck mind beholds 

Vast galaxies in ranks beyond surmise; 

Each spiral glow of clustered light unfolds 

A myriad stars ablaze in far-off skies. 

Of all this host some fate elected one 

To be the sun of life and light for man; 

Of all the globes that wheel around the sun 

God chose our humble planet for His plan. 

Beneath a rainbow flung across the earth 

The miracle of life began its climb, 

Until at last the human soul had birth 

With god-like flame transcending space and time. 
O, what is man, in all this boundless space 
That Thou hast made his heart Thy dwelling place? 

D. B. STEINMAN 
Honorary Alumnus 1953 



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STATE JOURNAL (Lansing, Mich-.) Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1954 

Building of Straits Bridge 
To Fulf ill Cherishe d Dream 

Construction of World's Longest Span 
Will Cap Career of Noted Engineer 

By TOM FARRELL 
(United Press Staff Correspondent 

A life-long dream will be realized for David Barnard Steinman 
when construction of the Mackinac straits bridge starts this spring. 

Steinman, who designed the five-mile span and will be chief 
engineer during its construction, has always wanted to build the 
world's longest bridge. 

During the last 40 years, Steinman has built manv of the world's 
greatest bridges, including tne 
"longest" spans in several parts of 
the world and the longest canti- 
lever bridge. 

Steinman, who is 67, received all 
of his engineering education at 
City College of New York and Co- 
lumbia university, where he was 
awarded his doctor's degree in en- 
gineering in 1911. 

During his early life he was torn 
between working as an engineer 
and teaching. 
TAUGHT IN IDAHO 

In 1910, after working for sev- 
eral years for eastern engineering 
firms, he went to the University of 
Idaho where he was professor in 
civil engineering until 1914. 

From 1914 to 1917, he worked on 
several notable bridges including 
the famous Hell Gate arch bridge 
at New York. 

In 1917 he returned to teaching, 
this time at his alma mater, Co- 
lumbia, where he was in charge of 
the civil and mechanical engineer- 
ing departments. He left Columbia 
in 1920 and has been building 
bridges full-time ever since. 

During the 1920s, he designed 
and supervised construction of a 
suspension bridge at Florianopolis,^ 
Brazil, which still is the longest 
span in South America; Caruinez 
strait bridge, Cal., longest canti- 
lever bridge in U. S.; and St. John's 
bridge, Portland, Quebec, longest 
and highest span in the northwest. 

From 1930 until World War II 
began, Steinman built bridges in 
Australia, Germany, and spans at 
Mt. Hope, R. I., the longest span 
in New England; Sky Ride suspen- 
sion span at the Chicago world's 
fair, listed as the eighth longest 
in the world; Henry Hudson 
bridge, New York; Waldo Handock 
bridge in Maine; Thousand islands 
international bridges (five in all) 
over the St. Lawrence river. Deer 
Isle-Sedgwick bridge in Maine, 
Lions Gate bridge, Vancouver, 
British Columbia, and the Charter 
Oak bridge, Hartford, Conn. 

From 1948 to 1950, he supervised 
reconstruction of the fam3d Brook- 
lyn bridge and for the last several 
years has worked on plans for the 
Mackinac bridge. 

The Mackinac straits bridge, al- 
though its 3,800-foot suspension 
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DAVID BARNARD STEINMAN 

the 4,200-foot Golden Gate suspen- 
sion, the bridge itself Vill be the 
longest ever built. 

Its total length will be 26,195 
feet while the length of the main 
suspension span and the north and 
south truss spans will be 17,918 
feet, almost twice as long as the 
9,266-foot Golden Gate bridge. 

Chairman Prentiss Brown of the 

Mackinac bridge authority said 
last week that engineers hope they 
will have the bridge completed by 
June 1, 1957, instead of Nov. 1, 
1957, as originally planned. 

And there's a good chance that 
if construction of the bridge is 
completed six months earlier, it 
will be opened to traffic June 11, 
1957. 

Steinman will be 71 years old on 
that day. 

"What could be nicer than to 
finish the greatest chapter in Dr. 
Steinman's life by opening his 
greatest project on his birthday?" 
one authority member said. "I 
hope it works out that way." 



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IN A GARDEN LONG AGO 

I remember Summer roses In a 

garden long ago; 
You were with me, my beloved, 
in the golden moonlight glow. 
A nightingale was singing In 
the dreamy woodland grove 
And all the longing of my heart 
was in his song of love: 

You are sweet, sweet, my 

darling. 
Oh, my love, I love you 
so! 
The nightingale was singing in 
a garden long ago. 

I remember Summer magic, all 

the sweetness in the air, 
The honey suckles blending 
with tlie fragrance of your 
hair. 
The melody of moonlight and 

the lovelight in your eyes 
Were mingled with the glory of 
the stars that filled the skies. 
You are sweet, sweet, my 

darting, 
Oh, my love, I love you 
so! 
AH the stars were singing in a 
garden long ago. 

— D. B. Steinman. 

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Professional Record of D. B. Steinman 

FAMOUS AMERICAN BRIDGE ENGINEER. 
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STEINMAN, David Barnard, bridge 
engr.: b. New York, N. Y., June 11, 
1886; s. Louis Kelvin and Eva (Scol- 
lard) S.; B.S., summa cum laude, Coll. 
City of New York, 1906 (3 yrs.' fel- 
lowship in mechanics); CE., Sch. of 
Mines (Columbia), 1909 (2 years' 
scholarship in applied science); A.M., 
Columbia, 1909, Ph.D., 1911 (1 yr. 
scholarship in engring.); ScD., Coll. 
City N. Y., 1947, Columbia U., 1953; 
E.D. (hon.), Manhattan Coll., 1953, 
Rensselaer Poly. Inst., 1953; Ohio No. 
U. 1953; D.Sc. in engring., Sequoia 
U.; 1953; LL.D., Alfred U., 1953; 
D.Sc. (hon.) U. Ghent (eBlgium), 
1953, Minerva U., Italy, 1953; Dr. 
CE. (hon.), U. Bologna, 1953; m. 
Irene Hoffman, June 9, 1915; children 
— John Francis, Alberta, David. Eng- 
ring. work until 1910; prof. civ. eng- 
ring., U. of Ida., 1910-14, also cons, 
practice; spl. asst. to Gustav Linden- 
thai on design and constrn. Hell Gate 
Arch Bridge and other notable bridges, 
1914-17; prof, in charge civ. and mech. 
engring., Coll. City of New York, 
1917-20; cons practice since 1920. De- 
signing or cons. engr. many notable 
bridges, incluuding: suspension bridge 
at Florianopolis, Brazil (largest bridge 
in S. A.), 1922-26; Garquinez Strait 
Bridge, Calif. (longest cantilever 
bridge in the U. S.), 1923-27; bridge 
at Grand Mere, Quebec, Can., 1928- 
29; St. John's Bridge, Portland, Ore. 
(longest and highest span in the 
Northwest). 1929-31; Sydney Harbour 
Bridge, Australia; Cologne-Muhlheim 
Bridge over the Rhine, Germany; Mt. 
Hope (R. I.) Bridge (longest span 
in New Eng.), 1927-29; Waldo Han- 
cock Bridge, Me., 1930-31; Tri- Bor- 
ough Bridge, N. Y. City; Sky-Ride and 
Observation Towers (Century of Pro- 
gress Expn., Chicago), 1933; Henry 
Hudson Bridge, N. Y. City: Thousand 
Islands internat. bridge, over St. Law- 
rence River (5 bridges) 1937-38; Deer 
Isle-Sedgwick Bridge, Me., 1938-39; 
Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver, B. C, 
Can., 1937-39; Charter Oak Bridge, 
Hartford, Connecticut, 1941-42; and 
others on 5 continents; engaged in re- 
constrn. Brooklyn Bridge, 1948-53. 
Vice pres. Tioga-Nichols Bridge Co., 
Smithboro Bridge Co., dir. Independ- 
ence Bridge Co., Interboro Bridge Co., 
Richmond-Hopewell Bridge Co.; pres. 
Pan-American Public Works, Inc. 
Chmn. for N. Y. State, Nat. Com. for 
Trade Recovery, 1933-34; mem. senate 
Columbia U. Dept. Engring.; mem. 
exec. com. Engrs. Council for Pro- 
fessional Development; pres. Am. Toll 
Bridge Assn., 1932-34. New York 
Academy Sciences, 1952-53; hon. v. p. 
and mem. adv. council, Layman's Nat. 
Com. Inventor of new influence line 



methods and charts for design of ry- 
bridges: improvements in suspension 
bridge design; new system of design 
loading for ry. bridges; simplified 
methods of analysis for bridge design; 
aerodynamic analysis of suspension 
bridees. Lecturer on bridge design at 
universities and colls. Trustee French 
University in N. Y., Fellow Aerial 
League Am., A.A.A.S., Am. Geog. 
Soc, Royal Soc. of Arts (life fellow), 
life mem. Societe des Amis d' Andre- 
Marie Ampere (France), Phi Beta 
Kappa Assos., Am. Soc. CE. (chmn. 
structural div. 1931-33; vice pres. Met. 
Sect. 1933-34, pres. 1946-47); mem. 
Colegio de Ingenerios de Puerto Rico, 
N. Y. Good Roads Assn., Cooper 
Union Alumni Association. Inter- 
national Association Bridge and Struc- 
tural Engineers, Am. Assn. Engrs. 
(pres. 1925-26), Nat. Soc. Professional 
Engrs. (founder, pres. 1934-36), N. 
Y. State Soc. Professional Engrs. (pres. 
1930-33, chmn. bd. 1933-43), N. Y. 
State Bd. Examiners for Professional 
Engrs. and Land Surveyors (vice 
chmn. 1931-33, chmn. 1933-35, 1941- 
43, 1945-47), Nat. Council State Bds. 
of Engineering Examiners (president 
1931-32), American Engineering 
Council (committee on bridge legisla- 
tion 1930-34), Brooklyn Engrs. Club 
(pres. 1931-33), Am. Ry. Engring. 
Assn.. Am. Soc. for Testing Materials, 
Am. Concrete Inst., Am. Mil. Engrs., 
Internat. Inst. Am. Ideals (hon.), 
French Folklore Soc. (hon.), Patroons 
of Rensselaer (charter mem.), N. Y. 
State Association Architects, Am. Soc. 
for Engring. Education, Association 
Alumni Coll. of City of N. Y. (v.p. 
1930-31; dir. 1947-49), Engring. Ins- 
titute Can., Internat. Assn. Bridge and 
Structural Engrs., Assn. pour le De- 
veloppment de 1' Electromechanique et 
de 1' Electrometallurgie (hon., France), 
Engrs. Council City Coll. Alumni 
(founder, dir.), Municipal Engrs. of 
N. Y., Corp. of Professional Engrs. of 
Quebec, Professional Engrs. of Ore., 
Ida. Soc. of Engrs., Am. Inst, of N. 
Y., Nat. Pub. Housing Conf., Advisory 
Council of City Charter Com. of N. 
Y„ Am. Math. Soc, Acad. Polit. So'., 
Met. Regional Com. Engrs. Employ- 
ment and Salaries (chmn. 1933-34), 
Architects and Engineers Alliance 
(honorary), Ohio Society Professional 
Engrs. (hon.), Kentucky Soc. Profes- 
sional Engrs. (hon.), Tex Soc. Pro- 
fessional Engrs. (hon.). life member 
Nassau County Chapter, N. Y. State 
Soc. of Professional Engrs.; hon. mem. 
Engineering Alumni of Coll. of City 
of New York; life mem. Professional 
Engrs. of Oregon; mem. (hon.) Hud- 
son County Soc. Professional Engrs.: 



mem. Phi Beta Kappa (pres. N.Y. 
chapter, 1933-34). Registered profes- 
sional engr. in N.Y., Ore., 111., Me., 
la.. Conn., Fla., Ohio, La.. Neb., Que- 
bec, Ont. British Columbia, Puerto 
Rico. N.J., Mich. Major, Corps Engrs. 
N.Y.N.G. Award J. James R. Croes 
medal, 1919, Norman medal, 1923, 
Thomas Fitch Rowland prise, 1929— 
all by Am. Soc. C.E.; artistic bridge 
awards, Am. Inst. Steel Constrn., .1930, 
32, 37, 38, 39, 42; mem. tech. adv. bd. 
same; prize, Am. Assn. Engrs., 1926, 
for "Vow of Service," adopted for 
engring. profession; Alfred T. White 
pride, Brooklyn Engrs. Club, 1934: 
Townsend Harris medal for profes- 
sional achievements, Association Alum- 
ni of Coll. City of New York, 1934, 
Alumni service medal, 1936. Colum- 
bia Medal for Excellence, 1947, Eggles- 
ton Medal ,1950; Eloy Alfaro Cross 
(Republic of Panama). Clubs: Colum- 
bia University, Engrs. of New York, 
Millions of Sydney. Australia (hon- 
orary member), Ends of the Earth. 
Author: Suspension Bridges, Their 
Design, Construction and Erection, 
1923 and 1929; Suspension Bridges 
and Cantilevers, Their Economic Pro- 
portions and Limiting Spans, 1911. 
1912; Theory of Arches and Suspen 
sion Bridges, from Melan, 1913; Cor 
crete Arches, Plain and Reinforced 
from Melan, 1917; Continuous Bridges, 
in Movable and Long-Span Steel 
Bridges 1923; Suspension Bridges, in 
Movable and Long-Span Steel Bridges, 
1923: The Wichert Truss, 1932; Stress 
Measurements on the Hell Gate Aich 
Bridge, with Appendix on Secondary 
Strussses in Hell Gate Arch, 1918: 
Locomotive, Loadings for Railway 
Bridges, 1922; Moments in Restrained 
and Continuous Beams by the Method 
of Conjugate Points, 1926; The Eye- 
Bar Cable Suspension Bridge at Floria- 
nopolis. Brazil, 1927; A Generalized 
Deflection Theory for Suspension 
Bridges, 1934; Bridges and Their Build- 
ers, 1941: Rigidity and Aerodynamic 
Stability of Suspension Bridges, 1943. 
The Builders of the Bridge, 1945; Aero- 
dynamic Theory of Bridge Oscillations, 
1949; Famous Bridges of the World, 
published, 1953. Associate editor En- 
gineers Handbook Library, 1921-23. 
Contbr. Ency. Britannica, Ency. Ameri- 
cana, Collier's Ency. Presented with 
silver scroll, for "contributions to ad- 
vancement of engring., by 11 engring. 
socs., 1932. Inventor, improvements 
in stereo-photographv. Home: 305 
Riverside Drive. Office:- 117 Liberty 
St.. New York, N.Y. 



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Contractors and 
Engineers 

magazine of modern construction 

SEPTEMBER, 1954 

Three European Nations 
Honor D. B. Steinman 

Dr. D. B. Steinman of New York, 
N. Y., internationally known bridge 
engineer, was awarded new decora- 
tions and honors during a recent 
tour of European countries. Both 
professional and civic recognition 
was paid to the world famous engi- 
neer in Italy, France, and Belgium. 

In Italy, Dr. Steinman was given 
an honorary degree of Doctor of 
Civil Engineering by the University 
of Bologna and a gold medal and a 
diploma of honor by the International 
University Pro Deo at Rome. 

In Paris, he was presented with 
the French Medal of Recognition; the 
Gold Medal and Diploma of Honor 
of the French Society of Inventors, 
signifying "recognition by the engi- 
neers of France"; and the medal and 
diploma of honor of the Societe Na- 
tionale des Medailles Civils. 

Just before returning to this coun- 
try, Dr. Steinman received three 
additional French decorations for his 
services to public interests and edu- 
cation. 



X-TG HO 



WORLD'S LONGEST 



SUSPENSION SPAN 



Is Proposed Messina Straits Bridge 



By Dr. David B. Steinman 

Consulting Engineer, New York, N.Y. 



Reprinted from Roads and Engineering Construction, July, 195k. 



PRINrfo IN CANADA 



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NOVEMBER 1954 



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13 Octobre 1951 



LE PROJET DE PONT SUSPENDU 
ENTRE L'lTALIE ET LA SICILE 

la construction au-dessus du detroit de Messine, entre l'ltalie 
et la Sicile, d'un pont suspendu servant a la fois au trafic ferro- 
viaire et routier est actuellement envisagee par les autorites 
italiennes. L'etude de ce projet a ete confiee a M. Steinmanri, 
specialiste americain des grands ponts suspendus. 

Ce pont (fig. 1, 2 et 3) ('), qui aura une longueur totale de 
3 200 m environ, comprendra une travee, centrale de 1 524 m de 
portee, la plus grande du monde, et deux travees laterales de 
732 m chacune. Ces travees serent done elles-memes plus lon- 
gues que les travees medianes de tous les ponts suspendus 
actuellement existants, a l'exception de celles des ponts de la 
Golden Gate ( 2 ), George Washington ( 3 ) et du Tacoma. 

Les deux piles principales seront edifiees sur des assises ro- 
cheuses situees a 120 m de profondeur, ce qui constitue ega- 
lement un record. Les deux massifs d'ancrage des cables seront 
construits en eau peu profonde, a proximite du rivage. Les poutres 
de rigidite, en treillis metallique auront une hauteur de 55 m 
a la moitie de chacune des travees laterales, ainsi qu'aux deux 
points situ^s au quart de la longueur de la travee mediane. 
Leur forme inusitee s'explique parce que leur membrure supe- 
rieure rejoindra en ces points les cables de suspension. 

Un systeme de cables de Taidissage disposes radialement 
ferait de ce pont, suivant 1'auteur du projet, en depit de sa tres 
grande longueur, le plus resistant de tous ceux qui aient jamais 
ete construits. Ce nouveau mode d'execution, destine a aug- 
menter considerablement la rigidite de 1'ouvrage, a du etre 
envisage, d'une part, en raison du trafic ferroviaire et, 
d'autre part, du fait que le nouveau pont doit pouvoir 
resistej aux efforts exerces par le vent, et eventuellement a des 
tremblements de terre. 

Le probleme se pose de la maniere suivante. En raison de la 
profondeur du detroit et des frais tres eleves de, construction des 
piles principales, il est indispensable de reduire au minimum 
le nombre de celles-ci. D'autre part, pour obtenir la tres grande 
rigidite necessaire, les portees admises ne doivent pas etre trop 
longues. L'etude de ces deux conditions conduit a prevoir, pour 
la travee centrale, une portee de 1 500 m, la plus courte que 
Ton puisse admettre en reduisant a deux le nombre des piles en 
eau profonde. 

La construction de 1'ouvrage est rendue encore plus difficile 
par les conditions physiques regnant dans le detroit de Mes- 
sine, connu pour la force de ses courants, la rapidity de ses 
marees montantes et la violence de ses tempetes. A ces difficultes 
viennent s'ajouter les risques de secousses sismiques dus a la 



proximite de plusieurs volcans. 

La plupart des problemes poses par la construction "de ce 
pont ont pu etre resolus theoriquement par simple extrapolation, 
grace a la tres grande experience acquise anterieurement dans 

















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la construction de ponts suspendus du meme genre, mais de 
dimensions plus reduites, par M. Steinmann. 

Le mode de construction du pont proprement dit a et6 dicte 
par des considerations d'ordre esthetique, aussi bien que tech- 
nique. En effet, en raison de la beauts naturelle du lieu, il est 
indispensable que 1'ouvrage soit en harmonie avec le paysage 
et Ton s'est efforce de lui donner des formes aussi elegantes que 
possible. En ce qui concerne l'aspect technique du probleme, 
1'auteur du projet avait montre, dans une these soutenue en 
1911, que les ponts suspendus pour chemins de fer doivent, 
pour avoir la rigidite necessaire, etre munis de poutres de rigi- 
dite en treillis ayant une hauteur au moins egale au 1/40* de la 
portee. Ces poutres sont destinees a limiter les flexions dues aux 
charges mobiles, generalement beaucoup plus concentrees dans 
le cas des ponts de, chemin de fer que dans celui des ponts 
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Plan to Span Messina Strait 

Special to The New York Times. 

ROME, July 5— Dr. David B. 
Steinman, United States bridge- 
builder, delivered a lecture here 
today on his latest and greatest 
project — a bridge over the Strait 
of Messina to connect Sicily with 
the mainland of Italy. 

Dr. Steinman has been discuss, 
ing his plan in a number of Ital- 
ian cities and in Sicily, and there 
has been a good deal of discus- 
sion about it. None question Dr. 
Steinman's competence or the 
plan's feasibility, but the cost 
seems to have staggered the 
Italian imagination. The esti- 
mate he gave today at Pro Deo 
University is $150,000,000, but 
he says the money could be re- 
captured in thirty years, when 
the bridge would become the na- 
tion's property. 

It would be one of the longest 
suspension bridges in the world — 
about two miles, with one huge 
span in the center a mile long. 
It also would have to be about 
the strongest steel suspension 
bridge because the strait has 
such a powerful current that it 
provided antiquity with the leg- 
end of Scylla and Charybdis. 



Sunday, June 13, 19 5 A 

France Honors Dr. Steinman 

The French Government has 
decorated Dr. D. B. Steinman, 
bridge engineer, with the Legion 
of Honor. The citation recorded 
his professional achievements 
and his contributions toward 
strengthening international rela- 
tions. 



Wednesday, July 7, 19 5 A 

Italians Honor Dr. Steinman 

ROME, July 6 (JP)— Dr. David 
B. Steinman of New York, who 
has prepared plans to span the 
Strait of Messina to Sicily, was 
awarded a gold medal tonight as 
the 'greatest bridge designer." 
The Rev. Felix A. Morlion, Rector 
of the International Catholic Uni- 
versity for Social Studies, made 
the presentation in the name of 
a committee of representative 
Italians. 



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BOSTON POST, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1954 



We note that Dr. David B. 
Steinman's fine poem, "Suspen- 
sion Bridge," has won a place 
in the Australian Engineer 
magazine. It is reprinted from 
The Post where it first appeared 
on April 3, 1953. Dr. Steinman 
is one of the world's outstand- 
ing bridge builders, and the 
poetry he creates is as beauti- 
fully balanced in its literary 
structure as is each bridge that 
has seen reality from the de- 
signing board of the versatile 
engineer. 



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Key to Engineering Ethics 

Demineralization vs Evaporation 

Engineers and Product Development 

Rehabilitating a Viaduct 

Cybernetics and Engineering 

Management Consulting 

Liquid Level Control 



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The builder's dream is there — 



^ February 1954 



Excellence in Design 

DAVID BARNARD STEINMAN had hardly finished hang- 
ing out his professional shingle back in 1921 when the 
chance came for him to design the Florianopolis Bridge in 
Brazil, first of the distinguished series of bridges which have 
made him America's best-known bridge engineer. In that 



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that Thou art mindful of him? 
By D. B. Steinman 

Jn starry space the awestruck mind beholds 

Vast galaxies in ranks beyond surmise; 

Each spiral glow of clustered light unfolds 

A myriad stars ablaze in far-off skies. 

Of all this host some fate elected one 

To be the sun of life and light for man; 

Of all the globes that wheel around the sun 

God chose our humble planet for His plan. 

Beneath a rainbow flung across the earth 

The miracle of life began its climb, 

Until at last the human soul had birth 

With god-like flame transcending space and time. 
Oh, what is man, in all this boundless space, 
That Thou hast made his heart Thy dwelling place? 



Reprinted from the 
January-February 1954 issue of 

PARTNERS 

The Magazine of Labor and Management 



THE 

STOTHERT & PITT 

MAGAZINE 

JANUARY, 1954 



Issued quarterly for the entertainment and information of ail employees 
of Stothert and Pitt, Ltd., of Bath. 



JOURNEY'S END 

By D. B. Steinman 

With Life's full meed of dreams fulfilled, 

of love and laughter, 
I have known Heaven here. If there is 

more hereafter 
I do not fret impatiently to know; norweep 
If journey's end is but a long surcease 

of sleep. 

The road was long and steep before I 

reached the crest 
In sunset glow, with evening star to 

bid me rest; 
So weary children, after playing in the sun. 
Are softly called to home and sleep 

when day is done. 

I rest upon a grassy knoll, a woodbird sings 
And twilight brings the hushed caress 

of angel wings. 
I am content to sleep. I do not ask to see 
Beyond the canopy of stars spread over 

me. 

Huston I'nsT, 3 1st 



Keprini from ///<• 
October, 1953, 



SUSPENSION BRIDGE 

By D. B. Steinman 

Between two towers soaring high 
A parabolic arc is swung 

To form a cradle for the stars; 
And from this curve against the sky 
A span of gleaming steel is hung— 
A highway for the speeding cars. 
Between the cable and the span 

A web of silver strands is spaced. 
With sky above and ships below. 
In human dream was born the plan 
Of strength and beauty interlaced — 
A harp against the sunset glow! 
Reprinted from the Boston Post, 3rd 
April, 1953 



THE ENGINEER 

The engineer is the architect of 
progress, giving to civilisation its form. 

The engineer is God's journeyman — 
continuing the work of creation. 

There is a beautiful and impressive 
legend — so old that its origin has been 
forgotten. It goes like this: 

Four men stood up with God when 
he made the world. They watched with 
wonder as the shimmering sphere, flung 
from the fingers of omnipotence, found 
its place in the shining galaxy of stars. 

Blinded by the sublime spectacle, the 
men fell down in humble worship. And 
God said to them : "Rise, and fear not." 
And they rose and faced the Master 
with the new-born questions and am- 
bitions that fired their souls. 

And one of the men asked, "How was 
it done?" And God replied, "Go, find 
out for yourself." And that man went 
and became the scientist. 

"Give it to me," the second man 
begged. And God said to him, "Go, 
possess it for yourself." And he went 
and became the business man. 

"How beautiful!" exclaimed the third 
man. To him God said, "You shall 
go and because your soul burns within 
you, you shall create beauty!" And 
that man went and became the artist. 

The fourth man said nothing; but, 
as his eyes followed the unfolding of the 
plan of creation, there kindled in his 
heart a desire to do these things. And 
to him God said, "You too shall go, 
and you shall plan and build. You 
shall learn to master the forces I have 
called forth, and you shall continue the 
work of creation!" And that man went 
and became the engineer. 
Extract from The Engineer: Building 

for To-morrow, by D. B. Steinman. 



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DRAWING OF PROPOSED KINGSTON BRIDGE: Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge over Hudson 
River. Three-lane span, estimated cost $20,000,000, was designed by D. B. Steinman. 



LOCATION SHIFTED 
FOR K INGSTON SPAN 

Bridge to Rhinecliff Will Be 

Built North of the Cities — 

Project's Design Altered 



By JOSEPH C. INGRAHAM 

The location of the Kingston- 
Rhinecliff Bridge across the Hud- 
son River has been shifted three 
and one-half miles north and the 
span design radically altered. 

The new plan was made known 
yesterday by David B. Steinman, 
the consulting engineer, who de- 
signed the bridge and will super- 
vise its construction for the New 
York State Bridge Authority. 
Bids for construction of the 
7,793-foot-long span will be ad- 
vertised on Monday. 

Originally planned to connect 
directly with the thriving cities 
on either side of the Hudson, the. 



location has been shifted to keep 
as much traffic as possible out 
of the heart of the communities, 
Mr. Steinman said. 

The engineer noted that the 
decision to locate the bridge 
three and one-half miles north 
of Kingston Point was made by 
the Authority because it did not 
want to repeat the mistake made 
in construction of the Mid-Hud- 
son Bridge linking Poughkeepsie 
and Highland. On the east shore 
the approaches to the span are 
through the main part of con- 
gested Poughkeepsie. 

The new bridge design is a con- 
tinuous truss crossing, in con- 
trast to the first plan of a grace- 
ful suspension bridge. The orig- 
inal estimate on the bridge's cost 
was $14,000,000. The revised plan 
calls for a $20,000,000 bridge. 
However, it was noted that the 
:ontinuou8 truss type costs less 
to construct than a suspension 
bridge. The same alteration of de- 
sign was made for the main 
Thruway bridge between South 
Nyack and Tarrytown. 

3 Traffic Lanes Provided 

Mr. Steinman said that the 
final plan for a straight-line top 
with under-sided arches would 



provide an esthetically pleasing 
bridge. The Thruway span has 
been criticized as "ugly." 

The Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge 
will provide a thirty-six-foot 
roadbed for three lanes of traffic 
and there will be raised 2 foot 
2 inch walkways on either side 
of the traffic lanes. Clearance 
above water will be 135 feet, the 
minimum required by the Army 
Corps of Engineers. A new main 
river channel 760 feet wide is be- 
ing dug near the east' shore of 
the Hudson. 

The span will be carried on 
eight piers in the river and 
twenty-two piers on land. The 
State Department of Public 
Works will provide access and 
approach roads and work already 
has started on extending State 
Route 32 on the west bank of the 
Hudson and Route 9G on the east 
side to connect with the new 
bridge. 

The main piers will be of re- 
inforced concrete faced with 
granite and will be supported on 
steel bearing piles driven to rock, 
about 155 feet below the water 
level. More than 3,200,000 pounds 
of steel will go into the big 
bridge. 



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,UEL est done ce charme magique, 6 France, 
De I 'amour la chaleur, d'une chanson la cadence, 
Cet attrait romanesque auquel battent nos caeurs, 
Ce souffle printanier qui nous parle de bonheur? 
La lumiere du soleil, du vent la suave caresse, 
Les etoiles qui apaisent nos heures de detresse. 
Par ton art, ta beaute, de ta culture la fleur, — 
O France, — a VUnivers tu as donne un cozurl 

O France, — quel est-il, cet appel enivrant 
Auquel vibrent tes heros dans leurs nobles elans? 
Tes fils dans leur ardeur V etendard deployerent, 
Et pour la Liberie, leurs vies Us immolerent; 
Us forgerent pour les Hommes ton projet emouvant, 
Pour la Fraternite de tous Us verserent leur sang. 
Ce reve magnifique est maintenant notre flamme — 
O France, — a VUnivers tu as donne une ante! 



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He Built in New England and Elsewhere 




Dr. David Bernard Stein- 
man, who fell in love with 
the Brooklyn Bridge and 
this week received the top 
award of his fellow bridge 
engineers for combining art, 
economy and utility in more 
than 300 bridges. 

By JOHN MASON POTTER 

The Brooklyn Bridge casts a 
mighty long shadow. It stretches 
up across New England to such 
places as Northampton, Hartford, 
to Mt. Hope, R I., and northeast- 
ward to Deer Isle and Bucksport, 
Me. 

This week the shadow of the 
famous span reached into the 
Hotel Statler in Boston, where 
Dr. David Barnard Steinman, 
eminent bridge builder, artist, 
poet and author, was being 
awarded the "Oscar" of the civil 
engineering profession — the Wil- 
liam Proctor prize for scientific 
achievement. Dr. Steinman, 67 
years old, a multitalented man 
of boundless energy, was honored 
not only for building bridges, but 
also for making them beautiful. 

It was a big moment in the life 
of the son of an immigrant when 
he stood up to receive the award 
and the prize of $1000 that is 
given annually to outstanding 
engineering scientists, but it was 
not the first time that Dr. Stein- 
man has been honored by his 
fellows. Six times his bridges 




The first steel bridge not painted grey or black— the Mt. Hope Bridge in Rhode Island 
— which is colored green. It is considered by some experts as the most graceful spin 

in the world. 



built the longest one there — 
Canada. Dominican Republic, 
Australia, Siam, and in Europe. 
He is the son of an immigrant 
laborer and was brought up in 
the neighborhood where the span 
of the Brooklyn Bridge comes to 
earth near City Hall Plaza. As a 
boy he sold newspapers in the 
plaza, marvelled at the bridge 
which was a foremost tourist 
attraction, and dreamed of some 
day building bridges such as the 
one that already was dominating 
his life. His heroes then— and 
now— were the Roeblings, father 
and son, who built the bridge and 
sacrificed their own lives in its 
construction. 



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THE MACKINAC BRIDGE - CONQUERINGTHE IMPOSSIBLE 



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The Grand Rapids Press 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1955. 

Construction of Straits 
Bridge Is Half Completed 



44 Millions 
Expended on 
Huge Project 

Merrit • Chapman Plans 

Double Schedule on 

Foundations 

St. Ignace — (U.R) — Construction 
of the Mackinac bridge has passed 
the halfway mark, the span's de- 
signer and chief engineer said 
Friday. 

Dr. D. B. Steinman said the mile- 
stone in construction of the $100.- 
000.000 bridge that'll link Michi- 
gan's upper and lower peninsulas 
was reached late in November. 

"The bridge is ahead of schedule 
in some phases and a little behind 
in o'hers. but it's more than half 
completed," Steinman said. 
Has Spent 44 Millions. 

The half-way mark was passed 
without fanfare. Mackinac bridge 
authority officials said the bridge 
is more than half finished in both 
a physical sense and from the 
standpoint of money spent for con- 
struction. 

So far, about $4-1.000.000 of the 
$80,000,000 earmarked for con- 
struction costs has been expended, 
authority officials said. 

The remaining $20,000,000 will go 
for interest on the bond issue 
floated to nnance the five-mile 
span. 



Steinman said he was a little 
disappointed that all four of this 
year's main construction objec- 
tives won't be reached before 
work on the bridge is halted lor 
the winter. 

"But there's nothing to be 
alarmed about," Steinman .said. 
"Construction schedules will be 
jpeeded up next spring to make 
up for the time we've lost this fall 
because of severe weather condi- 
tions." 

Ends Concrete Work. 

Merritt-Chapman &, Scott ended 
ell concreting operations for the 
year earlier this week because of 
cold weather and said it had been 
unable to complete all work on 
the span's 34 foundations. 

Officials of American Bridge di- 
vision of United States Steel, who 
are building the bridge's super- 
structure, said they wouldn't build 
an 8.614-foot, catwalk over the 
middle one-third of the span until 
next spring. 

Originally, it was hoped to have 
all foundations completed and the 
catwalk in place by the end of the 
second year of construction. 

"We decided to stop concreting 
when it got cold because we can't 
sacrifice the quality of our work 
and that's what it would have 
meant doing if we continued any 
longer," Steinman said. 

Steinman said Merritt-Chapman 
has promised to work a double 
schedule next spring to quickly 
complete work on five foundations 
while placement of the cafwalk 
will be the first thing>fone by 
American Bridge workjmen when 
construction resume^^ext April. 
Fear Half-Done Job. 
The bridge designer said it was 
de.-ided not to put up the catwalk. 
which will be used as a work plat- 



form when the bridge's main 
rabies are spun next year, be- 
cause American Bridge officials 
feared they might get the job half 
done and then have to stop be- 
cause of ice conditions. 

If this had happened. Steinman 
said, it might have subjected the 
main towers to undue strain in 
the winter months "and we didn't 
want that to happen." 

The other main objectives for 
the second year of construction 
included erection of the bridge's 
main towers to their full height 
of 552 feet and construction and 
placement of two 486-foot back- 
stay spans. 

Both towers have reached the. 
552-foot mark and workmen are 
now completing detail work on 
them. One backstay span is in 
place and installation of the other 
one is scheduled to be made with- 
in the next week. 

Construction of the Mackinac 
bridge began in May, 1954 and is 
scheduled to finish in November, 
1957. 

Steinman said the objectives of 
the next two years of construction 
include: 

1956— Completion of the cables. 
Continued construction of the 
truss spans on both sides and start 
of concrete roadway slabs on the 
truss spans. Start of construction 
of the viaducts and approaches on 
both sides. 

1957 — Erection of the suspension 
spans with roadway deck. Comple- 
tion of construction of anchorages. 
Completion of construction of the 
roadway deck and truss spans, 
completion of approaches and toll 
plaza and then the opening of the 
bridge to traffic. 

1958 — Wrapping of the cables 
and complete painting and other 
minor detail work on the span. 



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- Mining Journal 



Marquette, Mich. — Tuesday, November 15, 1955 



Safety Experts Saving 
Lives In Building Of 
Mackinac Straits Span 



BY DONALD H. DOOLEY 
In The Milwaukee Journal 

ST. IGNACE — "The bridge de- 
mands a life." This traditional ex- 
jression has passed down through 
he ages ever since man first 
spanned the rivers and straits that 
lave impeded his steady progress. 

Unfortunately, bridges still 
iemand lives, but engineers are 
ge 1 closer and closer to the 

x>i<^.'here the saying will be 
;impi"y another outmoded buga- 

5O0. 

The giant Straits of Mackinac 
3ridge being built here to con- 
lect Michigan's upper and lower 
Deninsulas is near the halfway 
■nark in construction. Much of its 
nost dangerous work will be done 
n 1956 and 1957. But already it is 
evident that safety engineers have 
seen successful in saving lives in 
he work on this longest suspension 
>ridge in the world, four miles 
rom anchorage to anchorage. 

The safety engineer for the steel- 
vork contractor here, the Ameri- 
can Bridge Division of the United 
>tates Steel Corp., is Walter W. 
-lasen. He points out that a 
good safety program not only 
;aves lives and prevents injuries, 
jut it saves money. Safety training 
md equipment on this project are 
lot considered extra expense. 
They are as important as the 
liring of competent engineers. 
Three Lives Lost 

The Mackinac Bridge — by its 
irery magnitude, complexity of con- 
struction and extremes of weather 
under which it is being built — 
*'ould have been expected to cost 
scores of lives in the old days. 

The bridge so far has claimed 
Ihr lives, all of them before 
\\ an Bridge started its 

wor^'here. The men were killed 
n 1954, the first year of construc- 



tion. One man died of the dreaded 
"bends," the often fatal illness 
which overcomes some men who 
work under great air pressure to 
build the underwater bridge foun- 
dations. The second man drowned 
and the third fell to his death. 

Construction engineers hope 
that these will be the only 
deaths on the 100 million dollar 
project, scheduled for completion 
in November 1957. But they are 
not only hoping. They are working 
hard to prevent accidents. 

Bridge building has always 
been hazardous. It still is, but it 
can be made relatively safe 
through education of workers and 
use of safety devices. 
Toll On Other Bridges 

The great Forth Bridge in 
Scotland claimed £7 lives back in 
the 1800's. 

The Brooklyn Bridge, opened in 
1883, cost more than 20 lives. 

The E a d s Bridge, crossing the 
Mississippi River at St. Louis, 
kl'ed 14 of its builders. 

The San Francisco - Oakland 
Bridge claimed the lives of 24 
men. 

Other big bridge projects in 
the past have had high death tolls. 
In the old days, it was expected 
that men would be killed. They 
worked under highly hazardous 
conditions. They worked below the 
surface of the water and hundreds 
of feet in the air. They were dare- 
devils, and like the man on the 
flying trapeze, they were held in 
awe by more prosaic earthbound 
fellow men. 
Tragedies Brooklyn Bridge 

One of the most spectacular ac- 
cidents on construction of the 
Brooklyn Bridge killed two work- 
ers and seriously injured three 
others. D. B. Steinman, famed de- 
signer who planned the Mackinac 
bridge, described it in his book, 




SKYSCRAPER TOWERS — Two main steel towers rise majestic- 
ally 552 feet above water from piers founded on rock approximately 
195 feet below lake level. These main towers support cables for a 
center span of 3,800 feet, second only to the 4,200 feet of the Golden 
Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The total length of the bridge and 
approaches is 26,195 feet, while the suspension bridge, 8,614 feet 
from anchorage to anchorage, is the longest in the world. — (U. S. 
Steel photo.) 



"The Builders of the Bridge.'' 

"Despite the hazardous work 
aloft," Steinman wrote, "every- 
thing proceeded smoothly until one 
day in June, when the 15th strand 
of the north cable had just been 
completed and was in the process 
of lowering by 'letting out* at the 
New York anchorage. 



"Suddenly it broke loose . • . 
As the end swept from the an- 
chorage, it dashed off several of 
the men at work there, and then 
with a frightful leap of 900 feet 
through the air, grazing the houses 
and peopled streets below, it land- 
ed in the bridge yard . . . But only 
for an instant . • . 






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The Evening Flews 

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1955 






Like Gibraltar 



Steiiiman Says Bridge Went 
Through Storm In Fine Shape 



The Mackinac Bridge piers and 
towers stood firm and immovable, 
as engineers knew they would, dur- 
ing a severe storm on Nov. 16, Dr. 
D. B. Steinman, designer of the 
famed span, said today. 

Following is a complete analy- 
sis of how the bridge withstood the 
storm, prepared by Dr. Steinman: 

"On Wednesday, November 16th, 
the partially completed Mackinac 
Bridge was tested by exposure to 
a storm of unusual severity. The 
winds began increasing about noon, 
ind by 4:00 p. m. were blowing 
from the southwest at 60 to 65 
miles per hour, with gusts of 70 
miles per hour. The guyed wind- 
tower holding the weather meas- 
uring instruments at the bridge 
site blew down at 8:00 p. m. 

"By 9:00 p. m., according to the 
recorde of the U. S. Coast Guard, 
gusts from the south-southwest re- 
peatedly reached 76 miles per hour. 
Nearly all of the construction der- 
ricks had been removed to safe 
harbor. One tower-erection derrick 
broke loose and grounded, the 
boom buckled and went overboard. 
Two welding machines and one 
pump were washed off Pier 22. 
Three of the six survey towers, 
anchored in deep water, were sub- 
merged. But the bridge itself 



came through the storm with fly- 
ing colors. 

"The 34 piers, including the main 
piers founded at depths of 205 and 
210 feet, and 'he two steel towers, 
standing on the main piers and 
completed to a height of 552 feet 
above water, stood and staunch 
firm and strong, defying the storm. 
In addition, the 472-foot backstay 
span, mouated high on two barges 
in St. Ignace harbor (and which 
was safely floated out to position 
and set firmly in place three days 
later) withstood the storm with 
strength to spare. There was ab- 
solutely no damage to any part of 
the bridge structure. The piers 
and the towers stood firm and im- 
movable. The engineers knew they 
would. 

"The storm of Novpmber 16th 
came close to the record of 78 
miles per hour as the highest wind 
velocity ever recorded in the vici- 
nity. The bridge is designed to be 
generously safe against much high- 
er hypothetical winds. Knowing 
the generous margin of safety that 
we have built into the design of 
the Mackinac Bridge, we can safe- 
ly state that the bridge can with- 
stand any gale or hurricane that 
can conceivably occur. It will 
stand like the Rock of Gibraltar." 



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JHE STATE JOURNAL 

LANSING— EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1955 



Mackinac Bridge 
Builder Is Poet 



The famous bridge designer 
and builder, David B. Steinman, 
now completing the Mackinac 
bridge, said to be the world's 
largest bridge project ever un- 
dertaken, has a book of poems 
coming out soon titled "I Built 
a Bridge — And other Poems." 
(Davidson Press). 

Ellas Lleberman, a vice presi- 
dent of thfr Poetry Society of 
America writes the foreword. 
Now past the age of 60, Mr. 
Steinman has made a world place 
for himself building bridges 
through the Henry Hudson 
bridge in New York, the Consti- 
tution bridge In Puerto Rico, 
and the Kingston - Rhlnecllff 
bridge across the Hudson — 
among many others. 

He is a member of the Royal 
Society of Arts in Great -Britain 
and past president of the New 
York Academy of Science. 
Among many honors received by 
Steinman was one from the Re- 
search Society of America for 
his work in suspension bridge 
aerodynamics for reconstruction 
on the Brooklyn bridge. 

Mr. Lieberman speaks of the 
poems as indicative of "unques- 
tioned sincerity . . . expression 
of the author's philosophy of life 
... his many impressions of man 
and nature." 



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NEW YORK, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1955. 



Brazil Honors Engineer 

D. B. Steinman, a bridge en- 
gineer of New York, has re- 
ceived the Marechal Caetano de 
Faria Medal from the Brazilian 
Government in recognition of 
his engineering assistance to 
Brazil, In 1924-27 Dr. Steinman 
designed and built the Florian- 
opolis Bridge between Floria- 
opolis and the mainland of 
Brazil. 



El Dr. D. B. Stein man & 



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Por: El Prof. Dr. C. CALOR MOTA 



Mientras escribia mi tesis para mi licencia- 
tura (Master) en ciencias de ingenieria civil pa- 
ra el Massachusetts Institute of Technology en 
1927, tuve la oportunidad de comunicarme con 
el Dr. D- B. Steinman, autor de un libro sobre 
puentes colgantes. Mi tesis versaba scbre el di- 
seno de un puente colgante, en el Estado de 
Rhode Island. 

Fue para mi fuente de gran salisfaccion 
cuando el Dr. Steinman me pedia copia de mi 
tesis. Por coincidencias de la vida, el Dr. D. B 
Steinman recibio la encomienda de prcyectar el 
mismo puente. Durante el verano de 1928 lo 
conoci personalmente en su oficina de New York, 
y ras felicito por mis calculos para el proyecto 
del puente. Durante el verano de 1929 trabaje 
en su oficina. 

Desde entcnces he seguido la vida profesio- 
nal de este especialista en puentes de fama hr 
ternacional- La oficina del Dr. D. B. Steinman 
actuo como asesora del Departamento de Obras 
Publicas de Puerto Rico en el proyecto del Puen- 
te de la Ccnstitucion, el cual se inauguro el 15 
de Diciembre de 1954. 

El Dr. D. B. Steinman nacio en New York 
en 1886. Se graduo de bachiller en ciencias de 
Ingenieria Civil (summa cumlaude) del College 
of the City of New York en 1906, obtuvo su licen- 
ciatura (Master) de Columbia University en 
1909, y el doctorado en 1911- Comenzo su carrera 
en el campo de la ensehanza como Profesor de 
Ingenieria Civil en la Universidad de Idaho des- 
de el 1910 al 1914. Desde el 1917 al 20 actuo co- 
mo Profesor de Ingenieria Civil y Mecanica del 
Colegio de la Ciudad de New York. 




Dr. D. B. Steinman 



Desde el 1920 el Dr. Steinman ha proyec 
tado mas de 300 puentes en todas partes del 
mundo, algunos de los cuales constituyen no~ 
vedades en el campo del diseho y conjtruccion, 
como el puente Florianopolis en Brazil. Actual- 
mente trabaja en el proyecto del puente del 
Straits of Mackinac en el Estado de Michigan, 
el cual costara alrededor de cien millcnes de 
dolares, y que constituye la obra cumbre del Dr. 
Steinman. Seis de sus puentes nan renibido ore 
mios del American Institute of Steel Construct- 
ion como puentes de una belleza reconocida. 



REUISTH 



DEL COLEGIO DE INGENIER05, ARQUITECTOS Y AGRIMENSORES 

DE PUERTO RICO 

VOLIJMEN XIV — JULIO, AGOSTO, SEPTIEMBRE, 1955 — NUMERO 9 



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East St. Louis, Illinois— Friday, September 30, 1955 



Revolving Scholarship 



FORTY - EIGHT years ago 
David B. Steinman received a 
$650 scholarship that enabled 
him to attend Columbia Univer- 
sity. After he finished his college 
education he became a designer 
of bridges. He vowed that when 
he could afford it, he would re- 
pay a debt of honor; he would 
replace the scholarship funds so 
that some other young man might 
have the opporruftity for a col- 
lege education. 

Last week when the Columbia 
campus was crowded with fresh- 
men and returning students, Da- 
vid B. Steinman presented to the 
university's School of Engineer- 
ing a check for $10,000 to set 
up a new Debt of Honor schol- 
arship. Altogether Steinman has 
given $65,000 to Columbia, a 
hundredfold repayment of his 
$650 scholarship. 



Alumnus Steinman can well 
afford the genrous gifts to alma 
mater. He has been most success- 
ful in his field of engineering. 
He has designed over 300 bridges, 
including the new Henry Hud- 
son Bridge and the $99,800,000 
bridge being built at the Straits 
of Mackinac. 

Not every scholarship student 
is able to- repay, manyfold, the 
grant that enabled him to go to 
college. But if every scholarship 
student replaces the money ad- 
vanced to him, the scholarship 
fund can be self-perpetuating. 

It is likely that many college 
alumni pay their scholarship debts 
of honcu without fanfare. In fact, 
repayment may be so usual that 
it is not news. The repayment 
isn't much when set against the 
increased earning power that a 
college education makes possible. 



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Poetic Bridges 

first collection of poems by 
'David B. Steinman, world 
famous bridge builder and design- 
er, is announced by publication 
by The Davidson Press of New 
York. The book, entitled '1 Built A 
Bridge & Other Poems," carries 
an Introduction by Elias Lieber- 
man, a vice-president of the Poet- 
ry Society of America. 

Having devoted a lifetime put- 
ting poetry into bridges. Dr. Stem- 
man decided, when he was past 60, 
to put bridges into poetry. That he 
has accomplished this feat is am- 
ply evidenced in this volume. 

Among the many notable bridge 
structures on which Dr. Steinman 
was engaged as designer and con- 
sultant are the Florianopolis 
Bridge in Brazil, the Mount Hope 
Bridge in Rhode Island, the St. 
Johns Bridge in Oregon, the Car- 
quinez Straits Bridge in Califor- 
nia, the Waldo-Hancock Bridge in. 
Maine, the Henry Hudson Bridge 
in New York, the Constitution 
Bridge in Puerto Rico, the Raritan 
River Bridge in New Jersey, and 
the Kingston Rhinecliff Bidge 
across the Hudson. He is now com- 
pleting the Mackinac Bridge in 
Michigan, the world's largest 
bridge project ever undertaken. 

Dr. Steinman is a Life Fellow 
of the Royal Society of Arts in 
Great Britain and past president 
Sciences. He has been ho»ored by 
a dozen countries and by many 
universities, here and abroad. In 
1953 he received the highest award 
of the Research Society of Amer- 
ica for his work in suspension 
bridge aerodynamics and a civic 
medal for his work on the recon- 
struction of the Brooklyn Bridge. 



TRENTON, N. J., SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1955 



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EL MUNDO, SAN JUAN, P. ft. — JUEVES 24 DE FEBITLRO DE 1955. 



20 al 26 



Semana del Ingeniero 



Por C. CALOR MOTA 

La semana del 20 al 26 de fe- 
brero ha sido proclamada por 
nuestro Gobernador, la Sema- 
na del Ingeniero. Al celebrarse 
esta semana se hace justicia a 
una profesi6n que ha contri- 
buido poderosamente al progre- 
so extraordinario que ha tenido 
esta bella Isla en los ultimos 
cincuenta afios. 

' La profesi6n de la ingenieria 
moderna comenzd con la organi- 
zation de la primera escuela, 
Ecole de Ponts Et Chaussees en 
Paris, creada por el rey Luis 
XV por decreto real fechado en 
febrero 14 de 1747. Su primer 
director fuS Jean Perronet, 
quien proyect6 y cpnstruyd el 
famoso y bello Puente de la 
Concordia en Paris. 

El ingeniero Perronet fue' di- 
rector de la Escuela por 47 anos 
habiendo muerto en febrero 27, 
de 1794. En el patio de la Eco- 
le de Ponts Et Chaussees esta 
la estatua de este consagrado 
director de la primera escuela 
de ingenieria que se organizd 
en el mundo, y la cual constiu- 
y6 el modelo para las demas es- 
cuelas en los otros pafses. 

En Puerto Rico la profesion 
de ingenieria esta unida al Co- 
legio de Agricultura y Artes Me- 
canicas de la Universidad de 
Puerto Rico. Desde su organiza- 
tion en 1911 el Colegio ha gra- 
duado en 43 anos 1558 ingenie- 
ros, de los cuales 873 son inge- 
nieros civiles, 339 ingenieros 
mecanicos, 178 ingenieros qui- 
micos y 168 ingenieros electri- 
cistas. 
APORTACION NOTABLE 

Una instituciOn educativa que 
ha contribuido con un valioso 
grupo de tecnicos en un pais co- 



mo Puerto Rico de 11,000 kilo- 
metros cuadrados, tiene necesa- 
riamente que haber hecho una 
aportacion notable al progreso 
sorprendente que ha realizado 
en medio siglo. 

El Colegio de Agricultura y 
Artes Mecanicas en Mayagliez, 
al igual que los demas colegios 
de la Universidad de Puerto Ri- 
co merecen toda la ayuda y 
cooperaci6n de nuestro pueblo, 
de nuestra Legislatura, por la 
fructffera labor que ha realiza- 
do para el desarrollo politico, 
econ6mico y social de nuestro 
pueblo. 

No hay duda de que la Uni- 
versidad de Puerto Rico es una 
de las mas j6venes y dotada de 
un dinamismo notable en el 
Continente americano, la cual 
ha inyectado una gran vita'lidad 
creadora de la cultura y el pro- 
greso de Puerto Rico. Toda ayu- 
da que reciba la Universidad de 
Puerto Rico, de nuestro Gobier- 
no fructifica en pingties benefi- 
cios a toda la comumdad. Es jus- 
to declarar como un merecido 
tributo a la Legislatura y al Go- 
bierno de Puerto Rico, que esta 
generosa cooperation nunca se 
ha regateado, lo que ha permiti- 

do que nuestro primer centro 
docente ocupe un sitio tan des- 
tacado en toda la America. 

El futuro para el ingeniero 
con el desarrollo notable de la 
industrialization en Puerto Ri- 
co se presenta verdaderamente 
halagador, ya que dicho profe- 
sional es un factor primordial 
en dicho programa. Con la po- 
blacion excesiva que tiene Puer- 
to Rico, solo nos salva una in- 
dustrializaci6n intensa en todos 
los Grdenes, y una emigration 
cientificamente organizada. La 
mente organizadora y cientffi- 



ca del ingeniero juega un papel 
muy importante en el porvenir 
de nuestro pueblo. El programa 
de rehabilitation social y econ6- 
mica de nuestro Gobierno del 
Estado Libre Asociado exige 
muchos ingenieros para su rea- 
llzacion. 

UN TRIBUTO 

Es oportuno en est? semana 
rendir tributo de reconocimien- 
to a los competentes ingenieros 
que han rendido la Jornada de 
la vida consagrados a su pro- 
fesi6n, y que han contribuido 
al progreso de nuestra Isla. 
Quiero aprovechar esta Semana 
del Ingeniero para recordar al 
famoso ingeniero Dr. D. B. 
Steinman de Nueva Vork. fun- 
dadory primer presidente de 
la National Society of Profes- 
sional Engineers, quien proyec- 
to el Puente "de la Constitution 
en Puerto Rico. 

En estos momentos se cons- 
truye el puente Mackinaw 
Straits de Michigan, a un cos- 
to de cien millones de ddlares 
como la obra cumbre de su gran 
carrera profesionaj. 

Hoy millonario y retirado de 
su intensa actividad profesional, 
•ha organizado el P. B. Steinman 
Foundation para ayudar aestu- 
diantes brillantes de escasos re- 
cursos econdmicos, ya que 61 
fug tambi^n un estudiante po- 
bre y irillante y recibi6 ayuda 
durante sus tiempos de estudian 
te. Ese es el espiritu que debe 
animar a todo profesional que 
se interese por la comunidad en 
que vive. 

El es el prototipo del ingenie- 
ro, considerado como el mas fa- 
moso especialista en puentes en 
el mundo, y primer presidente 
de la Sociedad International de 
Ingenieros Profesionales con se- 
de en Psu-is. Sirva este distin- 
guido ingeniero como el simbolo 
del ingeniero ideal para . esta 
prestigiosa profesidn a la cual 
rendimos reconocimiento en es- 
ta Semana del Ingeniero. 



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February 

The "Poetry Society of ^America 

BULLETIN 



1955 



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NEW MEMBERS 

MR. STEINMAN is a bridge engineer by profession. He received 
his B.S. summa cum laude from the College of the City of New 
York in ic)o(), his C.E. from Columbia in 1909; his A.M. and Ph.D. 
also from Columbia (1909 and 1911). His many honorary degrees 
include the Sc.D. from the University of Ghent (Belgium) , the 
D.C.E. from the University of Bologna (Italy) , the LL.D. from 
Alfred University, etc. He served as professor of civil engineering 
at the University of Idaho from 1910-1914, as professor in charge 
of civil and mechanical engineering at City College (N. Y.) ; as 
special assistant to Gustav Lindethal on design and construction 
of Hell Gate Bridge and other notable bridges, in the United 
States, Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. He is now 
engaged in the reconstruction of Brooklyn Bridge. His honors in 
the form of medals, citations, etc. are too numerous to list. This is 
also true of his publications. During a lifetime devoted to his 
profession he has found time to write poetry and to encourage the 
writing of poetry in others. 



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THE BENT 

of TAU BETA PI 

Title Reg. U.S. P«t. Off. 



Volume XLVI FEBRUARY, 1955 Number l 



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WHO'S WHO IN TAU BETA PI 



STEINMAN, DAVID B., New York Alpha '06 

Eminent bridge designer of New York, was honored in Paris 
last October when he was awarded the Grand Cross of "L'Etoile 
du Bien et du Merite." Dr. Steinman was the only recipient of 
this high honor outside of France. 



BROOKLYN BRIDGE: NIGHTFALL 

Against the city's gleaming spires, 
Above the ships that ply the stream. 

A bridge of haunting beauty stands — 
Fulfillment of an artist's dream. 

From deep beneath the tidal flow 
Two granite towers proudly rise 

To hold the pendent span aloft — 
A harp against the sunset skies ! 

Each pylon frames, between its shafts, 
Twin Gothic portals pierced with blue 

And crowned with magic laced design 
Of lines and curves that Euclid knew. 

The silver strands that form the ne: 
Are beaded with the stars of nigh: 

Like jewelled dewdrops that adorn 
A spiderweb in morning light. 

Between the towers reaching high 
A cradle for the stars is swung; 

And from this soaring cable curve 
A latticework of steel is hung. 

Around the bridge in afterglow 

The city's. lights like fireflies gleam, 

And eyes look up to see the span — 
A poem stretched across the stream ! 

— D. B. Steinman, 
New York Alpha '06 



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THE AUSTRALASIAN ENGINEER 



JANUARY 7, 1955. 

THE SONG OF THE BRIDGE. 
By D. B. STEINMAN. 

With hammer-clang on steel and rock 
I sing the song of men who build. 

With strength defying storm and 
shock 
I sing a hymn of dream6 fulfilled. 

I lift my 6pan above the tide 

And stand where wind and wave 
caress. 

I bear the load so men may ride 
On rajnbow road to happiness. 

The light gleams on my strands and 
bars 

In glory when the sun goes down. 
I lift a net to hold the stars 

And wear the 6unset as my crown. 

— Reprinted from "The New 
York Times," June 18, 1953. 



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THIS GLADNESS I HAVE 
KNOWN. 

By D. B. STEINMAN.* 
I have seen a bluebird on the wing, 
Above a field in gold and scarlet 
hue; 
A spray o« apple blossoms in the 
spring 
In dazzling light against a sky of 
blue. 

I have known the ioy of golden days, 
A grassy bank, a stream in 
jewelled glow; 
Then oak and maple leaves in 
aulumn blaze, 
And pines in winter, crowned with 
sunlit snow. 

God, I thank Thee for the gift of 

light 
And weep for those who dwell in 
endless night. 
— -Reprinted from "The Hartford 
Courant," July 31, 1954. 
* Dr. D. B. Steinman is regarded by many 
engineers as the greatest bridge engineer of 
our day. His work is legion. His latest 
work is designing the Messina Straits Bridge. 
Also, he has a soul for beautiful things. It 
"spills over" in poetry and in this, like his 
bridge building, bit talent seems to be 
never-ending. — F. M. TAYLOR. 



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FEB Zl 1955 



Mackinac Bridge Designers 
Are Praised by P.M.Brown 



LANSING. — Prentiss M. Brown, 
chairman of the Mackinac Bridge 
Authority, paid tribute to the de- 
signers of the Mackinac Bridge in 
observance of National Engineer's 
Week proclaimed for February 20- 
36 by President Elsenhower. 

"The Mackinac Bridge, now under 
construction, is recognized as the 
greatest engineering feat of this 
generation and we are extremely 
grateful to Dr. D, B. Steinman, de- 
signing engineer, and Glenn B. 
Woodruff, consultant to him, and to 
the entire engineering profession 
for the magnificent contribution 
they are making to the general 
welfare every day," said Brown. 

According to Brown, Dr. Stein- 
man of New York City Is recogniz- 
ed ar the world's leading long-span 
bridge designer and has participat- 
ed In the engineering on more than 
300 successful bridges all over the 
world. Mr. Woodruff of San Fran- 
cisco has to his credit some of the 
world's greatest spans, including 
the Oakland-San Francisco bridge 
and the rebuilt Tacoma Narrows 
bridge. 

"We are told that while there are 
no engineering problems in connec- 
tion with the Mackinac Bridge {hat 
have not been solved before, the 
forces of nature at the Straits, their 
width and depth, makes it the 
greatest engineering feat since the 
construction of the Golden Gate 
Bridge in 1936," said Brown. 

''We are quite pleased with prog- 
ress to date since the six most dif- 
ficult foundations to be built for 
the Mackinac Bridge are practical- 
ly completed. It is a great tribute 
to our engineers and contractors 
that so much has been accomplished 
in so short a time. The member* of 
the Mackinac Bridge Authority join 
me In congratulating them for their 



accomplishment to date and in 
wishing them good luck for contin- 
ued progress. In this manner, we 
pay our tribute to professional en- 
gineers throughout the country." 



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I SI JVews 
January 1955 



HONORS AND AWARDS • 

David B. STEINMAN, E, AM, 'UPhD, 
was awarded the Grand Cross, Cordon and 
Diploma of the Order of Saint Dennis of 
Zante at special ceremonies in the Greek 
Orthodox Church of Saint George in New 
York City, October 17. 

. . . David B. Steinman, '09E, '09AM, 
'UPhD, the Grand Cross of "L'Etoile du 
Bien et du Merite," from the French gov- 
ernment at the Sorbonne in October . . . 



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BROOKLYN ENGINEERS' CLUB 

FEBRUARY 19 5 5 



THE DAVID B. STEINMAN 

FOUNDATION 

Dr. D. B. Steinman, well-known 
bridge engineer, and one of our mem- 
bers, and his family have established 
the David B. Steinman Foundation. Inc.. 
for the purpose of making contributions 
and grants to educational institutions 
and other worthy causes. The principal 
objective is to make gifts to engineer- 
ing schools for establishing scholar- 
ships, awards, and loans to aid deserving 
students to complete their engineering 
studies or to pursue full-time graduate 
work in engineering. These grants are 
inspired by Dr. Steinman's lifelong 
gratitude for similar financial aid which 
he received in the form of scholarships 
and fellowships during his college years 
and which enabled him to pursue his 
chosen work. 

We would like to quote the following 
letter: 

Dear Dr. Steinman: 

I have pleasure in reporting to you 
that the Board of Higher Education 

adopted the following resolution: 

RESOLVED, That the Board of 

Higher Education accepts with appre- 



ciation the amount of $10,000. from 
the David B. Steinman Foundation 
to establish the David B. Steinman 
Awards to be granted each year in 
the form of loans or grants in the 
School of Technology to students in 
course who need financial assistance 
to complete their engineering studies, 
with the understanding that the 
awards shall be made to deserving 
students selected on the basis of char- 
acter, scholarship, range of knowl- 
edge and interests, well-rounded per- 
formance, and leadership potentiality. 
These loans or grants will range 
from $100. to $500. depending on 
the judgment of the appropriate col- 
lege authorities. Where made as loans 
the awards will be non-interest bear- 
ing and voluntary debts of honor It 
will be hoped that any person who 
receives an award will earnestly wish 

t °ki rep ? y k and thereb y make it pos- 
sible for future students to enjov 
similar privileges. 

Very truly yours, 

Ruth S. Shoup, Secretary 
Board of Higher Education 



ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD • January 20, 1955 

Consulting Engineer Sets Up 
Foundation To Aid Students 

D. B. Steinman, well known bridge 
engineer, and his family have estab- 
lished the David B. Steinman Foun- 
dation, Inc., to help deserving stu- 
dents complete engineering studies or 
pursue full-time graduate work in en- 
gineering. 

In announcing the Foundation, Dr. 
Steinman called it an expression of his 
gratitude for financial aid he received 
in the form of scholarships and fel- 
lowships during his college years. 

The first disbursement bv the Foun- 
dation was made last month to the 
Board of Higher Education of the Citv 
of New York. Amounting to $10,000, 
it will be used for loans or grants to 
students in the School of Technology 
of City College who may need finan- 
cial assistance to complete their course 
or to undertake graduate study. Ac- 
cording to the Board of Higher Edu- 
cation, the loans or grants will range 
from $100 to $500, with the loans 
being interest-free and unsecured. 



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From the Regents of the University 
of Michigan we learn of a $10,000 gift 
from D. B. Steinman, designer and chief 
engineer of the Mackinac Bridge, to es- 
tablish a scholarship fund in the uni- 
versity's School of Engineering. The 
grant was made through the David B. 
Steinman Foundation. During the past 
six months, this organization has given 
some $60,000 in grants to six educational 
institutions. 



THE AMERICAN CITY 



October 1955 



Heralb 



NEW .«« YORK 




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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1955 



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Pays Columbia 'Debt' Hundredfold 

Bridge Builder, Aided as Student, Has Given $65,000 



David B. Steinman, sixty- 
seven, bridge builder, returned 
yesterday to his alma mater, 
Columbia University School of 
Engineering, with a $10,000 
check in his pocket to pay a 
"debt of honor." 

He would like the money to 
help finance ambitious students 
through school just as he had 
received $650 in three scholar- 
shiDs from Columbia nearly fifty 



years ago, he told Dr. John R 
Dunning, Dean. 

"I never believed I would be 
able to repay," said the engi 
neer, who grew up on the Lower 
East Side with a dream of 
building bridges such as the 
Brooklyn Bridge. 

The grant, to be set up as a 
revolving fund, brought to $65,- 
000 the total donated for 
various purposes to the school 




Herald Tribune photo by Don Rice 

David B. Steinman (left), presenting check for S10.000 
yesterday to Dr. John R. Dunning, dean of the Columbia 
University School of Engineering. 



by Mr. Steinman fn the last 
year. In repaying his "debt" 
one-hundred-fold, he spoke of 
bridges and their shape and at 
times, their poetry. 

Work on 3 Continents 

He has designed more than 
300 bridges on six continents, 
among them the Henry Hudson 
Bridge, the Thousand Islands 
Bridge which links the United 
States and Canada and the 
$99,800,000 Mackinack Bridge 
in Michigan now under con- 
struction. 

"My career as an engineer — 
a builder of bridges — is a boy's 
dream come true," he related. 
"I grew up in the shadow of the 
Brooklyn Bridge. As a boy, I 
loved to walk over the span and 
to explore its marvels. 

"To me, it was truly a 'miracle 
bridge'; and, as I wondered how 
so marvelous a work could have 
been created, I was fired with the 
ambition to become a builder of 
bridges." 

Started With a Penny 

Mr. Steinman's career began 
with a penny. At the age of 
seven, he took the penny to 
Park Row, bought two news- 
papers, sold them for a penny 
each. By the end of the day he 
had netted 50 cents. 

He was discharged from a 
$1.50-a-week job in a dry-goods 
store in 1900 at the end of his 
first week as errand boy because 
he was undernourished and the 
proprietor had found a stronger 
lad. When he showed up on reg- 
istration day at Columbia in 
1906, applying for his first en- 
gineering scholarship, the late 
Prof. William H. Burr indorsed 
the application with a note: 
"The most deserving case I have 
known in all my years at Co- 
lumbia University." 

Mr. Steinman's office at 117 
Liberty St. today does a $2,000,- 
000-a-year business. 



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THE EVENING NEWS, SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1955 






Mackinac Bridge Designer 
Gives $10,000 Grant to U-M 



ANN ARBOR — The Regent* of 
the University of Michigan have 
announced the receipt of a $10,000 
gift from D. B. Steinman, designer 
and chief engineer of the Mackinac 
Bridge, to establish a scholarship 
fund in the School of Engineering. 

The grant was made through 
the David B. Steinman Foundation, 
established by Dr. Steinman and 
his family to provide financial aid 
to deserving students to enable 



them to complete their engineer- 
ing education. 

During the past six months the 
David B. Steinman Foundation has 
given a total of $60,000 in grants 
to six educational institutions. The 
gifts are inspired by Dr. Stein- 
man's life-long gratitude for sim- 
ilar aid he received in the form 
of scholarships and fellowships as 
a student. 



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Consulting Engineer Reports 
On Mackinac Straits Bridge 



By D. B. STEINMAN, 

Consulting Engineer 
Mackinac Straits Bridge 

Exceptionally fine weather this 
summer has enabled the substruc- 
ture contractor to make very good 
progress on the Mackinac Straits 
Bridge. 

As of Sept. 1, approximately 79 
per cent of the contract time for 
the substructure has elapsed and 
88 per cent of the work has been 
completed. Of a total of 450,000 
cubic yards of concrete, approxi- 
mately 400,000 cubic yards have 
been placed to date, A new world's 
record has been established for un- 
derwater concrete placement from 
a single floating plant: 6,250 cubic 
yards in a 24-hour day. 
Deepest Suspension Piers 

The two main piers have estab- 
lished a new record as the deepest 
suspension bridge piers in the 
world. They are founded on rock 
at depths of 210 feet and 205 feet 
below water, respectively. 

With the completion of the two 
main piers, steel tower erection 
was started July 2. As of Aug. 27, 
the two towers have been erected 
to a height of 262 feet and 226 feet, 
respectively. Their early comple- 
tion to a height of 552 feet above 
water is anticipated. 

Anchorage steel for the main 
cables has been erected in posi- 
tion on the two anchorages and the 
two massive anchorages are being 
rushed to completion to bridge 
height. When completed, each 
anchorage will weigh 170,000 tons 
to resist a total pull of 30,000 tons 
from the two cables. 
Bridge Weights Listed 

Of a total of 50,000 tons of struc- 
tural steel in the bridge, 27,000 tons 
have been received in the fabrica- 



ting shops in Gary, tol, and Am- 
bndge, Pa.; 15,000 tons have been 
fabricated; 10,000 tons have been 
shipped to the bridge site and 6,000 
tons have been erected. 

Of a total of 11,500 tons of cable 
wire, 4,700 tons have already been 
delivered at Sault Ste. Marie and 
St. Ignace. 

The total weight of the bridge is 
96,000 tons in the superstructure 
and 890,000 tons iri the substruc- 
ture; of the latter amount, 720,000 
tons (360,00 cubic yards (are un- 
der water. 

Schedule Printed 

The labor force at the bridge site 
amounts to approximately 1,000 
men. The D. B. Steinman organiza- 
tion has 44 engineers at the bridge 
site and 200 in the bridge-designing 
office in New York. 

The completion schedule It as 
follows: 

1955 — Erect towers, cable bents, 
backstay spans and start the south 
truss spans. Also the suspended 
catwalks for cable stringing. Com- 
plete construction of substructure 
except deferred portion of anchor- 
age. 

1956 — Erect the cables. Continue 
erection of the truss spans at both 
sides. Start the concrete roadway 
slab on the truss spans. Start con- 
struction of the viaducts and ap- 
proaches on both sides. 

1957 — Erect the suspension 
spans with roadway deck. Complete 
construction of anchorages. Com- 
plete erection and roadway deck of 
truss spans. Complete approaches 
and toll plaza. Open bridge to traf- 
fic. 

1958 — Wrap the cables and com- 
plete the painting. 

The program is geared to the 
anticipated opening of the bridge to 
traffic in November 1957. 



The Mining Journal, Marquette, Mich. 



Tuesday, September 6, 1955 



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Vol. XXV, No. 1 October 1955 

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THE GLADNES S I HAVE KNOWN 

by D. B. Steinman 

/ have seen a bluebird on the wing I have known the joy of golden days, 

Above a field in gold and scarlet hue, A grassy bank, a stream in jeweled glow; 

A spray of apple blossoms in the spring Then oak and maple leaves in autumn blaze 

In dazzling light against a sky of blue. And pines in winter crowned with sunlit' snow 

God, I thank Thee for the gift of light 

And weep for those who dwell in endless night. 



LAVELLE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND 

221st Street and Paulding Avenue New York 69, N. Y. 



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Die Briicke $ 

iiber die Mackinac-Strasse 



VON 



D. B. STEINMAN 

Beratender Ingenieur 
NewYork 



Auszug sua Nr. 7-8 — Jull-Auguit 1935 

der 

INTERNATIONALEN ZEITSCHRIFT FUR STAHLVERWENDUNG 
ACIER • STAHL • STEEL 

Herauigegeben von der 

BELCISCH-LUXEMBUIGISCHEN BEEATUNGSSTELLE FU1 STAHLVEEWENDUNG 

(Centre belgo-luxembourgeoli d'lniormttion de l'Acler) 

47, rue Montorer and 3, rue de la Science, Brunei 

unter Mitwlrkung der 

BEEATUNGSSTELLE Fiji STAHLVERWENDUNG, DUSSELDOEF. 
UND DES DEUTSCHEN STAHLBAUVEEBANDS, KOLN 



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ir^oS-rs^T^^f zss. "& us 

mark of their eventual height of 558 feet. 

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Survey Begins for Messina Straits Bridge 
from Italian Mainland to Island of Sicily 



A Reprint fro* the , Amo,™ , Bk.oce, ,W awd TurnpiK£ AssociATION 
Quarterly Toll Review, Pre-1955 Meeting Issue. 



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THE MACKINAC BRIDGE-CONQUERING THE IMPOSSIBLE 



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By 

D. B. Steinman 




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Reprinted from 

TRANSACTIONS OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 

Ser. II, VoL 18, No. 1, Pages 39-59 

November, 1955 









Journal 



of the 



Michigan 



Schoolmasters 9 



Club 



UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN OFFICIAL PUBLICATION 



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The Mackinac Bridge — Conquering 
the Impossible 



By 
D. B. STEINMAN 



Reprinted from the 

Journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers 

January, 1956 



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The Bridge at Mackinac 

BY D. B. STEINMAN 

(Editor'! Mate: Mr. Strlnm«n Is the chief deeUner of the straiU bridge) 

In the land of Hiawatha, 

Where the white man gazed with awe 
At a paradise divided 

By the Straits of Mackinac — 

Men are dredging, drillings blasting, 

Battling tides arcrand the clock, 
Through the depths of icy water, 

Driving caissons down to rock. 

Fleets of freighters bring their cargoes 

From the forges and the kilns ; 
Stone and steel — ten thousand barge-loads — 

From the quarries, mines, and mills. 

Now the towers, mounting skyward, 

Reach the heights of airy space. 
Hear the rivet-hammers ringing, 

Joining steel in strength and grace. 

High above the swirling currents, 

Parabolic strands are strung; 
From the cables, packed with power, 

Wonder-spans of steel are hung. 

Generations dreamed the crossing; 

Doubters shook their heads irr scorn. 
Brave men vowed that they would bnild it — 

From their faith a bridge was born. 

There it spans the miles of water, 

Speeding millions on their way — 

Bridge of vision, hope, and courage, 
Portal to a brighter day. 



THE BAT CITY TIMES 
MONDAY, APRIL 9, 1956